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Super League Disciplinary: Multiple bans and 17 incidents cited across just two games

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet fuming over a Super League disciplinary decision

It’s Monday, which means clubs nervously anticipate the RFL Match Review Panel’s Super League disciplinary verdicts.

Last week, three bans were handed out, with Wigan Warriors’ Liam Byrne given two games out for head contact, having earned a yellow card in the opening seconds of the game.

Liam Horne of Castleford Tigers and Tommy Makinson of St Helens were both given one-match penalty notices, for dangerous contact and head contact respectively. Both incidents were adjudged to warrant red cards by match officials.

However, they’re both free to play this weekend, due to a loophole allowing them to serve their bans by using reserves’ fixtures when the first team isn’t playing.

Since neither side played in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, they have now served their bans without missing a first-team game.

Indeed, with it being a Challenge Cup week, it’s just the four sides that took part that will be particularly worried about potential bans today.

Warrington Wolves soundly defeated Huddersfield Giants to book their place at Wembley, and both sides were part of some on-field scuffles in the match, meaning the Panel looked closely to see if there were any punishable incidents.

Huddersfield’s Jake Connor was the instigator, pushing Jake Thewlis over the ad boards and later lashing out at him after an attempted play-the-ball, causing him to be yellow-carded.

Tui Lolohea also compounded the tensions between the sides with his actions that saw him drag Matty Nicholson to the ground and trigger a melee between the two teams.

There were similar incidents in Wigan Warriors’ big victory over Hull KR as Tom Opacic and Adam Keighran were part of a scuffle themselves.

Peta Hiku, although he didn’t face action initially, also made contact with Jai Field’s head in an aggressive incident which an academy coach at his own club suggested should have been a red card.

Super League Disciplinary: Multiple bans and 17 incidents cited across just two games

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This week, a number of incidents were investigated and didn’t result in a charge, so the minutes released don’t include them all.

Kaide Ellis and Sam Walters have both been handed a one-game ban for Grade B Dangerous Contact and Head Contact respectively.

Luke Thompson got a £250 fine for his Grade B Dangerous Contact charge as he wasn’t at the higher end of the grade.

However, Hull FC’s Herman Ese’ese was cited for verbal abuse in his side’s loss to London Broncos just over a week ago and a decision will be made Thursday regarding if there was enough evidence to charge or the accusations could progress further into a case.

The RFL said: “Thursday’s meeting of the Match Review Panel will consider further evidence that has been submitted relating to the allegation of possible verbal abuse against Herman Ese’ese of Hull FC in the fixture at London Broncos on May 12.”

Player Club Charge Grade Sanction
Luke Thompson Wigan Warriors Dangerous Contact B £250 Fine
Kaide Ellis Wigan Warriors Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher end)
Sam Walters Wigan Warriors Head Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher end)


  1. stuart thompson

    May 20, 2024 at 9:44 pm

    Typical Kendall refing how come he missed these three incidents or was it he did not want to upset the Wigan team

  2. Anonymous

    May 21, 2024 at 11:04 am

    Typical RL disciplinary Hull player gets to wait 2 weeks for a case so can’t us reserve game to cover his ban but anybody else can . R L bent

  3. David

    May 21, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    Wigan & Saints don’t get many bans. THEY’RE R.L.FAVOURITES . It’s about time teams played short of players that are banned,no using reserve games to count as missed match and CANT REPLACE BANNED PLAYERS with other players. Also get fully neutral officials on and off field to make for FAIR PLAY.

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