St Helens boss Kristian Woolf reveals ‘contradictory’ nature of Morgan Knowles ban

Despite the Grand Final taking place on Saturday, one topic has dominated the conversation in the build-up.

That has been the decision to overturn the two-match ban handed to St Helens star Morgan Knowles on Monday.

The Disciplinary Match Review Panel charged the Saints man with a Grade B Dangerous Contact charge after an alleged chicken wing on Salford Red Devils star Chris Atkin.

After appealing on Tuesday, Saints were again denied Knowles for the final this weekend after an Operational Rules Tribunal ruled against the forward.

Despite that, Saints decided to appeal again last night with the club successful in doing so.

Now, head coach Kristian Woolf has revealed just why they appealed again.

“I didn’t think it was a dangerous situation,” Woolf said.

“You’ve got every right to defend yourself, it’s what we did in the first appeal.

“There were a couple of points in closing that were contradictory and it’s what we based our second appeal on.

“We felt quite confident in that, we’ve had plenty of charges, plenty of suspensions but we’ve only fought the ones we felt we had good grounds to defend ourselves with and that was the case with Morgan.

“You’ve got a right to defend yourself in every walk of life and if you think things aren’t exactly right, you have got the right to appeal.”

Woolf was eager to point out the rapidity of the situation with the appeals.

“The lateness of it can’t be helped, Monday is when you get your charges, Tuesday is when you appeal and when it’s a second appeal it has to happen the next day.

“I don’t necessarily agree with every decision that gets made, but I think it’s a fair process that’s been handled well.”

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