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Super League disciplinary: Controversial tribunal verdicts revealed

Liam Watts

Castleford Tigers’ Liam Watts will miss his side’s next four matches, having failed to have his Grade E Head Contact charge downgraded at tonight’s independent Operational Rules Tribunals in the latest twist in the Super League disciplinary saga.

Watts pleaded guilty to contact with the head of an opponent during Saturday’s Betfred Super League match against Wigan Warriors and the tribunal decided that the original Match Review Panel grading should stand. Tigers’ teammate Charbel Tasipale, however, saw his head contact charge downgraded from C to B and is free to play this weekend. The players are fined £750 and £250 respectively.

Catalans Dragons’ duo Michael McIlorum and Paul Seguier are banned for four matches and one match respectively following independent Operational Rules Tribunals this evening.

McIlorum was unsuccessful in challenging a charge of Grade E Head Contact during Saturday’s Betfred Super League match against Warrington Wolves. Seguier, however, saw his Grade D Head Contact charge downgraded to C on appeal. He is fined £250, whilst McIlorum is fined £750.

Further hearings are taking place throughout the evening involving Hull FC duo Ligi Sao and Franklin Pele as well as Salford Red Devils star Ryan Brierley.

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Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 14/07/2023 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 19 – Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR – Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England – Hull KR’s Matt Parcell.

Earlier today, the following players accepted Match Review Panel-imposed penalty notices.

Herman Ese’Ese (Hull FC) – Head Contact – Grade D – 2 Matches – £250 Fine
Jayden Okunbor (Hull FC) – Dangerous Contact – Grade B – £250 Fine
Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors) – Dangerous Throw/Lift – Grade B – £250 Fine
Jordan Crowther (Warrington Wolves) – Other Contrary Behaviour – Grade C – 1 Match
Coby Nichol (Cornwall) – Head Contact – Grade B – £40 fine
Lewis Hosty (Siddal) – Punching – Grade D – 2 Matches
Jarrod Sammut (Workington Town) – Dangerous Contact – Grade C – 1 Match
Jack Stephenson (Workington Town) – Dangerous Contact – Grade B – £40 Fine
Joe Lovodua (Doncaster) – Dangerous Contact – Grade C – 1 Match
Toby Everett (Hunslet) – Head Contact – Grade B – £40 Fine
Matt Parcell (Hull KR) – Other Contrary Behaviour – Grade B – 1 Match

The following tribunals will take place on Wednesday 21 February.

Luke Broadbent (Barrow Raiders) – Punching – Grade E
Ben O’Keefe (Oldham) – Punching – Grade D – 2 Matches
Josh Hartshorne (Cornwall) – Punching – Grade E
Oliver Lewis (Siddal) – Punching – Grade E
Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity) – Striking – Grade D – 3 Matches – £125 Fine
Dean Roberts (Featherstone Rovers) – Unacceptable Language – Grade F

The following players have had their cases deferred by a week as they do not have a game this weekend.

Tom Amone (Leigh Leopards) – Head Contact – Grade C – 2 Matches
Jack Hughes (Leigh Leopards) – Dangerous Contact – Grade B – £250 Fine
Ricky Leutele (Leigh Leopards) – Head Contact – Grade C – 1 Match
Zak Hardaker (Leigh Leopards) – Dangerous Contact – Grade B – £250 Fine

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  1. Mark Robinson

    February 20, 2024 at 11:41 pm

    Absolute disgrace Harry Smith gets nothing. Unnatural actions, don’t make me laugh this is concocted bull to allow him to play against Penrith. Also Pele gets 3 for throwing a punch Mike Tyson would have been proud of but Vaughan got 4 for helping a player to his feet. The RFL is beyond not fit for purpose. Would welcome them proving I am wrong.

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