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Super League Disciplinary: Three sides sweat decisions with derby fixtures upcoming

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After Round 16, several sides are likely to be worrying about the Super League disciplinary process ahead of the Match Review Panel’s decisions today.

The fixtures started on Friday night, and we had an early shock as Castleford Tigers narrowly beat St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

George Delaney, although he was met with limited punishment on the day, may be investigated by the panel for his tackle that gave Castleford the penalty that levelled the game.

Elsewhere, Wigan Warriors took an 18-6 victory against nearby Leigh Leopards to take them four points clear of Saints.

There will likely have been plenty of time deliberating over this game, as Leigh’s Robbie Mulhern was sin-binned for a high tackle on Kaide Ellis, Wigan’s Brad O’Neill was sin-binned for a lifting tackle (on Mulhern), and there were plenty of big hits in this derby clash.

The other Friday night fixture was not quite so well contested – Huddersfield Giants rolled over to allow Warrington Wolves a 48-0 win in a game that saw eight tries from eight different scorers.

There didn’t seem to be any particular disciplinary concerns, but there may well have been incidents that were initially missed.

Super League disciplinary over the weekend

Tom Briscoe of Hull FC in Super League disciplinary

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Meanwhile, Saturday was a day of golden-point drama, as Leeds Rhinos made the most of London Broncos not being able to add the finishing touches as Brodie Croft’s boot snatched them a 17-16 victory.

This was another game without particular disciplinary concerns on the face of it, but the Broncos have had plenty of bans in recent weeks and will be hoping that this won’t continue.

After that, we were into golden point extra-time again, as the travelling Catalans Dragons made sure Hull KR faltered as well as St Helens – in a tough week for the chasing pack at the top of the table.

Theo Fages won this one after both sides had missed drop-goal attempts, and as it was a hotly contested game, some hard tackles may be of particular note to the Match Review Panel.

Finally, Hull FC were edged out by Paul Rowley’s Salford Red Devils 22-20 largely thanks to Marc Sneyd’s boot and playmaking.

Hull FC’s Tom Briscoe was sinbinned for obstruction, and Chris Kendall told him at the time: “You stopped a try-scoring opportunity”.

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