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Super League Disciplinary: Decisions on Matt Dufty and Mike Cooper reached

Super League Disciplinary - Matt Dufty and Mike Cooper are carded in the Challenge Cup final

With Monday rolling around again, teams have been anxiously awaiting the Super League disciplinary decisions made today by the RFL Match Review Panel.

Last week, the big news was that Adam Keighran and Tyler Dupree were both handed bans that would see them miss the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

Teammate Brad O’Neill was able to play as his Dangerous Contact charge was only Grade A, while five other Super League players were handed fines.

Keighran and Dupree were both given three-match band for Grade D Head Contact and Head Butt respectively.

Despite this, and Warrington resting players ahead of the final, the Warriors still ran out 18-8 winners under the Wembley arch.

Almost immediately as the match kicked off, we already had our first drama, as Chris Kendall, for the second year in a row, handed out a controversial yellow card in a Challenge Cup final.

This was to Mike Cooper, within two minutes, as he was punished for a tackle on Josh Thewlis.

Thewlis was dropping, Cooper seemed to be trying to wrap and his arm barely moved up at all, but there was direct contact with the head and was deemed worthy of 10 minutes.

Just one minute later, Warrington fullback Matt Dufty joined him for a high shot which was also a controversial decision, with BBC commentator Jonathan Davies suggesting: ““You can’t do tit-for-tat. Just because one is yellow the other one might not be yellow, but clearly because of the first decision he (Kendall) is going to do the same.”

Despite the majority of the sport’s figures not believing these to be worthy of disciplinary action, both clubs would have been worrying about the potential of losing their key men.

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Super League Disciplinary: decisions on Matt Dufty and Mike Cooper reached

Referee Chris Kendall at Wembley

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The RFL have confirmed: “Following this weekend’s Betfred Challenge Cup Final, the Match Review Panel have issued no sanctions.

The Match Review Panel will sit again on Thursday to review the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Finals.”

Therefore, it seems the Panel ended up having a similar view to that of many fans: the yellow cards were harsh decisions.

Both incidents were reviewed by the Panel.

On Cooper, they determined: “Low force but opponent is falling into contact and player is trying to avoid contacting the head. Sin bin sufficient.”

On Dufty, meanwhile, they said: “Contact is low force. Sin bin sufficient.”

Also reviewed were incidents with Liam Farrell (head contact), Junior Nsemba (dangerous throw/lift) and Brad O’Neill (dangerous throw/lift), but no action was taken for any of them.

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  1. Philip Croston

    June 10, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    Pathetic decision making by Kendall and Liam Moore.

    I hope that they are embarrassed – if not then they ought to be.

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