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Same offence, five charges, two bans, one fine and two unpunished – here’s why

James McDonnell didn't feature due to an injury picked up in training.

The Match Review Panel has issued their verdicts after Round 15 of the Betfred Super League.

Once again the 11 charges are dominated by dangerous contact.

Of the 11, five were for dangerous contact.

Below is a break down of each charge.

James McDonnell (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A – No Punishment:

Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has
been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head,
neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to
that player

King Vuniyayawa (Salford Red Devils) – Grade A – £250 Fine

Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has
been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head,
neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to
that player.

Sam Eseh (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B – 1 Match Ban

Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has
been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head,
neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to
that player.

George Griffin (Castleford Tigers) – Grade A – No Punishment

Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has
been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head,
neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to
that player.

Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons) – Grade C – 1 Match Ban

Dangerous Contact – Defender uses any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or
otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves
an unacceptable risk of injury to that player.

Analysis:

As you can see four of the five charges are for late contact, the most prevalent charge of the season.

Even though the RFL’s minutes don’t provide much clarity between the different grades it is mainly due to the risk created by the tackle.

As for Grades that differ in terms of punishment, this is often due to the player’s prior record.

As for Matt Whitley, he is punished for a different type of tackle, likely a hip drop.

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