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Super League Disciplinary: Match Review Panel makes historic decision

Chris Kendall refereeing at Hull FC in Super League disciplinary

The fixtures for Round Nine are complete, and every week this year, there has been Super League disciplinary drama.

The first game saw St Helens narrowly beat Huddersfield Giants 13-12, with a late drop-goal from Johnny Lomax saving the Saints, after the Giants had initially raced into an early 12-0 lead.

There were tries galore at Wheldon Road, as Castleford Tigers dismantled London Broncos in a 40-0 victory where Tex Hoy starred on debut.

The top two before the round started were both shocked on Friday night: Wigan Warriors were beaten by Hull KR 26-10 despite coming into the game late on, and Catalans Dragons were shocked 30-2 by Leigh Leopards on a night they’ll hope to forget.

The sole game on Saturday saw Paul Rowley’s Salford side beat Warrington Wolves 17-12, while on Sunday, Leeds Rhinos narrowly avoided an embarrassing defeat to managerless Hull FC.

There were twelve charges in Round One, meaning plenty of rugby league fans worried about where the sport was heading.

Notably, Ligi Sao, Franklin Pele and Herman Ese’ese of Hull FC all received huge charges, while Liam Watts and Michael McIlorum both received four-game bans.

Although this trend continued somewhat for a few weeks, it has changed recently.

Last week, Catalans duo Michael McIlorum and Mike McMeeken were the only players to receive bans, and Sylvester Namo is the only player since Round Six to receive a single ban of more than one game.

This week, the Match Review Panel have made a surprising decision.

Super League Disciplinary: Match Review Panel makes historic decision

Referee Liam Moore in Super League disciplinary

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The panel have made a decision that hasn’t been made before this season.

Serious About Rugby League had it confirmed by the RFL that the Match Review Panel found no incidents worthy of a charge.

Across all six games this round, there were no cards handed out.

This is in stark contrast to the five handed out the week before, including a red to Salford Red Devils’ King Vuniyayawa.

There were also, unlike in previous weeks, no incidents investigated by the RFL that were missed during the match.

Therefore, there will be no additional players unavailable for upcoming rounds.

A full list of all the charges from the 2024 season can be found here.



  1. Robert Beales

    April 29, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    That has not favoured Hull F.C. one iota in the Leeds game four head high tackles against Hulls none no punishment at all , in the first six matches Hull never had a full team out at times in that era pissed me off so much I have missed going to the ground because it wasn’t worth the entry fee to watch one sided games through idiotic bans even unavoidable contacts were red carded , I actually went to see City and Ipswich and what a difference .

  2. Stav sinclair

    April 29, 2024 at 7:57 pm

    No charges as your referees ignored the blatant dangerous tackles from Wigan thugs on mickey Lewis. Again ignored as its Wigan and your refs and linesmen are blatantly told look the other way obviously
    Its time tge game was played equally for all teams

  3. Michael Brown

    April 30, 2024 at 10:58 pm

    Common sense at last…every game was decided by red/yellow cards…at last skill ensures winning

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