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Why Super League side have seen two players handed bans

St Helens fans celebrate a try against London Broncos in Super League.

The RFL Match Review Panel’s Super League disciplinary decisions are in for this week, and it’s just one side that has seen players slapped with bans.

On Sunday, London Broncos were hammered 52-6 at the Twickenham Stoop by St Helens, who scored nine tries, three of them courtesy of Daryl Clark.

Their miserable day on the field wasn’t the only story of the day, however, as they recorded their highest home attendance for 14 years, despite being away from their current home of Plough Lane in Wimbledon.

Despite this, those fans wouldn’t have gone home happy, as Hull FC’s victory over Leeds Rhinos a day earlier left them two points adrift at the bottom of the table.

All of this was added on to their frustrating news today, with Ethan Natoli and Rhys Kennedy being given bans in the latest round of Super League disciplinary action.

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Why London Broncos have seen two players handed Super League bans

London s Rhys Kennedy dejected as his side slips to defeat against Leeds in Super League.

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Ethan Natoli was handed a one-match Penalty Notice for Grade C Dangerous Contact, while Rhys Kennedy’s one-match Penalty Notice was for a Grade B Dangerous Contact offence.

Castleford Tigers duo Cain Robb and Jacob Miller were both handed Grade B sanctions, but it’s just Kennedy that gets a ban as he’s at the higher end of the sanction grade due to past indiscretions.

Natoli’s sanction is due to ‘late contact on the passer’, which constitutes ‘Dangerous Contact’. The explanation, found in the Panel’s minutes, is as follows:

“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.”

It was deemed a Grade C offence, which, unlike Grade B, constitutes an automatic ban.

Rhys Kennedy’s Grade B charge was also for Dangerous Contact.

The explanation for this one was: “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.”

He’s been sanctioned for Dangerous Contact already, which means this offence is at the higher end of the sanction, constituting a ban.

It will be frustrating for the Broncos, who will have to travel to Wigan on Friday without two of their key men.

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