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Super League Disciplinary: Five players handed bans

Sione Matautia of St Helens makes a break *** during the Betfred Super League match between Castleford and St Helens at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford, UK on 26 February 2023.

With Monday rolling around again, clubs await the Super League disciplinary decisions made by the RFL’s Match Review Panel.

Last week, London Broncos were the only side to pick up bans, with Ethan Natoli and Rhys Kennedy serving their one-match bans at the weekend.

Jacob Miller and Cain Robb of Castleford Tigers, however, received £250 fines for Grade B Head Contact charges.

This week, the action kicked off with Castleford against Hull KR, and the spirited Tigers came close to providing the shock of the season, eventually going down 13-12 in a game that didn’t provide Super League disciplinary drama.

An emotional night followed on Friday, with Leeds Rhinos using their game against Leigh Leopards, which fell on MND Awareness Day, to honour the life of Rob Burrow. In this one, Brodie Croft channelled his emotion to provide a special performance in an 18-10 victory.

Leeds s Brodie Croft celebrate victory over Leigh in Super League.

Credit: Imago Images

Elsewhere, Wigan Warriors comfortably defeated London Broncos 36-0 in a game that saw Emmanuel Waine sin-binned for a tackle that caused Kruise Leeming to have to leave the field, opening the Broncos up for another week of disciplinary frustration.

Two tight games on Saturday saw Warrington Wolves just about take the win over struggling Hull FC thanks to the brilliance of Matt Dufty, while Adam Holroyd’s cardable offence meant he was scrutinised by the Panel this week.

After that, Catalans Dragons, despite being 22-0 up at the break, were left sweating in the second half before holding on to win 22-18 against Huddersfield Giants, but have been handed a blow by the MRP.

The final game of the round was full of drama, as Salford Red Devils completed their league double over St Helens with a late 20-18 win.

Marc Sneyd deliberately missing a penalty in that one caused plenty of questions as to whether further action would, or even could, be taken.

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Elliot Wallis tackled in Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants, a game full of Super League disciplinary drama. Credit: Imago Images[/caption]

Sione Mata’utia was given a Grade B Head Contact charge, and due to his previous indiscretions, he was at the higher end of the grade and handed a one-match ban.

Catalans, meanwhile, saw both Michael McIlorum and Arthur Romano was given Grade B Dangerous Contact charges and given a one-game ban, while Franck Maria, who got the same charge, was just given a fine.

Elliot Wallis of Huddersfield is in trouble again for his actions in that game, given an automatic one-match ban for his Grade C Dangerous Contact charge.

Meanwhile, Emanuel Waine was given the same.

Lachlan Lam of Leigh Leopards was given a fine for Grade B Dangerous Contact but escaped a ban.

As it’s the international break this weekend, reserves’ games are scheduled, which will mean everyone but McIlorum and Romano can escape missing any first-team games.

The full list of sanctions this week can be seen below.

Emanuel Waine London Broncos Dangerous Contact C 1 Match Penalty Notice
Sione Matautia St Helens Head Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher End of Sanction for Grade)
Lachlan Lam Leigh Leopards Dangerous Contact B £250 Fine
Eliott Wallis Huddersfield Giants Dangerous Contact C 1 Match Penalty Notice
Arthur Romano Catalans Dragons Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher End of Sanction for Grade)
Franck Maria Catalans Dragons Dangerous Contact B £250 Fine
Michael McIlorum Catalans Dragons Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher End of Sanction for Grade)
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