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Shocking red card given to Warrington star

Gil Dudson’s return to Catalans Dragons has ended in the worst possible way.

The prop has been shown a red card for punching Tom Johnstone.

Johnstone was trying to wrestle out of the tackle with haste and was frustrating the man on top of him and then Dudson took exception to it.

At first he pushed Johnstone and then punched him whilst he was on the floor.

It was a moment that echoed the red card Ben Flower suffered in the 2014 Grand Final.

Stuart Pyke described it as “an act of total stupidity.”

Dudson was sent off in his last appearance for the Dragons last year against Leeds Rhinos in the play-offs.

It came after a magic moment from Johnstone.

He came up with a brilliant intercept to deny a certain try and then break away up field.

Written off with so many players out the Dragons put Warrington under immense pressure forcing an immediate goal line drop out with some amazing defence.

After defending brilliantly on their line, Matt Dufty made a half break allowing the Wolves starting to move down field. Paul Vaughan charged forward later and on the back of that good passing from George Williams and Dufty set up a walk in for Josh Thewlis.

Alrix Da Costa looked like he was set to pull the French side level as he darted from dummy half but desperate Warrington defence dragged him back and as he reached for the line he dropped the ball.

Catalans did eventually hit back when Adam Keighran’s kick was patted back by Tom Davies to Mike McMeeken to score.

The Dragons them immediately broke down the left with Paul Seguier. He kicked ahead for Adam Keighran who was deemed to have been taken out by Ben Currie resulting in a penalty try and a 10-4 lead.

After that controversy, Warrington kept composed and hit back with Matt Dufty showing his pace to carve through the Catalans chase from deep and dart to the other end of the field.

Just before the halftime break a kick out wide and a juggling catch from Tom Johnstone, which saw him use his head to catch the ball, looked as though it had extended Catalans’ lead but the video referee believed that Johnstone had knocked the ball on into Josh Thewlis.

Against his former side, Sam Kasiano tore through after an inside ball from Williams and Kasiano then found Williams in support to score.

Most of the time when you see Tom Johnstone intercept, you will see him score but the pace in the Warrington side saw four players swarm and deny him. They continued this desperate defence and forced an error from Tanguy Zenon.

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  1. Jay

    April 9, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Dudson, for such an act, Must be given a long suspension, we Do Not Want to that in Our Game! Absolutely Stupid, nothing he may say, can lower the punishing coming.

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