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Super League Disciplinary: Multiple sides sweat over possible bans

Super League Disciplinary: Super League and Challenge Cup Referee Chris Kendall

After the week away for the Challenge Cup, the past three days marked the return of Super League and with that the return of Super League disciplinary woes and concerns.

The Challenge Cup semi-finals saw a whopping 17 incidents across the two games but it was just two Wigan Warriors players that were deemed guilty by the Match Review Panel.

Sam Walters and Kaide Ellis joined Liam Byrne on the sideline to serve their bans but Wigan still managed to run out as 26-12 victors over Salford, a game that likely will fail to trouble the Super League disciplinary panel due to a lack of incidents.

The same might not be said for Sunday’s other game as Hull KR ran riot in London and won 64-16 with Mikey Lewis shining but also gaining plenty of attention, leading to a couple of flashpoints.

Prior to those two games, Warrington Wolves had beaten Catalans Dragons 16-8 in Perpignan, that win helping Sam Burgess’ side join St Helens atop the table. The Red Vee had hammered Leeds Rhinos 40-10 on Friday night to reclaim the top spot.

Castleford Tigers beat Hull FC 30-22 that night whilst Leigh Leoparrs piled more misery on Huddersfield Giants with a 16-10 win to make it five losses in a row for Ian Watson’s team.

Across those games were plenty of sin bins and as such a number of teams and players will be nervously awaiting the results of the Super League disciplinary process.

Super League disciplinary worries for four clubs

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Despite a number of flashpoints, like in the Hull KR game, there were only a handful of cards shown with Leigh and Huddersfield’s clash seeing four of those and Warrington’s game against Catalans drawing a further two.

Two of those sin bins were punishments for either professional foul play (Tom Davies) or persistent foul play (Ed Chamberlain) and it’s therefore likely that they won’t trouble the Super League disciplinary process too much. Brad Dwyer was pinged for a trip late on though which could be looked at.

Davies slowed the play the ball down after a Matty Ashton break whereas Chamberlain was the unlucky Leopard to test the patience of the official a step too far.

Someone who might be worrying about their chances of being handed a ban would be Warrington’s Lachlan Fitzgibbon who saw yellow in the first half of that win with the official describing the shot as “forceful and dangerous” but mitigation saved him from red.

With the RFL cracking down on such incidents, Fitzgibbon could be in trouble. As could both Ollie Russell and Frankie Halton who were hammered for high and late shots respectively on Friday night.

Sunday’s clash between Hull KR and London saw Mikey Lewis targetted and the half lashed out at one point after receiving particular attention past the referee’s call from Hakim Miloudi. The pair came together but Ben Thaler kept his cards in his pocket and offered a stern warning, but the Super League disciplinary process could take another view.

Super League Round 12 Sin Bins

– Ollie Russell – Sin Bin – High Shot
– Ed Chamberlain- Sin Bin – Persistent Foul Play
– Frankie Halton – Sin Bin – Late Shot
– Tom Davis – Sin Bin – Professional Foul
– Lachlan Fitzgibbon – Sin Bin – Forceful and dangerous shot

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  1. Jaybs

    May 27, 2024 at 11:03 am

    Do feel quite a few of our Super League referees, need to be sent to THE NRL to be trained, how to run a game! Our game is so much slower than down under, more interference at the play the ball, it’s simply not good enough, even UK Rugby Union is more entertaining than Super League.

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