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St Helens make decision over whether to appeal Morgan Knowles ban

Morgan Knowles misses out for St Helens with a "grumbling groin issue".

Seven Super League players were charged yesterday by the match review panel after the Challenge Cup games over the weekend.

Unsurprisingly, Morgan Knowles is among them after his late red card against Halifax Panthers.

He tackled Thomas Inman high in the 79th minute of the cup tie and was shown a red card.

Making matters worse, this was his first game back from a five game suspension after a hip drop tackle on Mike Cooper in the derby between St Helens and Wigan Warriors on Good Friday.

Meanwhile, Hull KR star Rhyse Kennedy is also banned for dangerous contact and the same can be said of Josh Drinkwater of Warrington Wolves who only receives a one match ban despite a Grade C offence.

Jorge Taufua of Wakefield Trinity is the only player who was charged but not punished.

Meanwhile, Marc Sneyd of Salford Red Devils, Josh McGuire of Warrington Wolves and Josh Griffin are all fined £250 in yet another example of the RFL’s focus on fines over bans in 2023.

A common question after the match review panel’s findings are published is: will anyone appeal?

Serious About Rugby League can confirm that no one is set to appeal their punishments this week as confirmed by the RFL.

This means the following list of sanctions from the Betfred Challenge Cup fixtures have been accepted:

Morgan Knowles (St Helens) – Grade C High Tackle – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Rhys Kennedy (Hull KR) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Jorge Taufua (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – N/A
Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Josh McGuire (Warrington Wolves) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Josh Drinkwater (Warrington Wolves) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Josh Griffin (Hull FC) – Grade A Disputing Decision – £250 Fine

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