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Super League Disciplinary: Why Andre Savelio escaped a ban

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The Super League disciplinary news for Round Fourteen has been confirmed with a total of four charges and two bans handed out, however, red-carded Andre Savelio has escaped without any further punishment and it’s been revealed why.

Savelio was making his long-awaited debut for Huddersfield Giants after signing from Hull FC ahead of the current season. Complications from concussions were behind the ex-Black and White’s delayed debut but when he made it, it was one to forget.

Hull KR ran away with the game against Huddersfield despite the Giants taking an early lead through Esan Marsters after the centre intercepted a looping Tyrone May pass. It was discipline that ultimately cost Ian Watson’s side though as Hull KR scored 20 points whilst playing with a man advantage during the 32-6 victory.

Adam Milner was sent to the bin for a professional foul when the Giants were 6-0 up and during his time in the bin, Hull KR scored twice to take the lead into halftime. A similar situation happened after Savelio was sent off in the 70th minute with Ryan Hall bagging his 247th and 248th Super League try to break the all-time record during those final ten minutes.

For those reasons, Ian Watson claimed that the score didn’t reflect the game and he also had a bit to say on Savelio as he explained what had happened and hinted that Mikey Lewis had been involved and could well face Super League disciplinary repercussions.

Neither man has been charged though and it’s been revealed in the Match Review Panel minutes as part of the Super League disciplinary process.

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Super League Disciplinary: Savelio evades ban

Ian Watson’s assessment on Friday night saw him tell the press: “Something had happened in the contact he said with Minchella and then as he’s gone away Mikey Lewis has come in but then he’s flipped him and then that’s what he was sent off for.”

He had added that: “Maybe they needed to look at what happened in the rucks and why he’s reacted that way. Then also why has Mikey gone and run after him but I’ll leave it to the Match Review Panel to have a little look at that one.”

The Super League disciplinary process has now played out and the Match Review Panel have looked at the incident where it has been deemed that no further action will happen.

Minutes from the Match Review Panel explain why, stating: “Opponent confronts player who is off balance and opponent ends up in a dangerous position. Sending off sufficient.”

Savelio had effectively flipped the confronting Elliot Minchella but the MRP have now adjudged that the momentum and off-balance nature of the Hull KR player contributed to the dangerous position, warranting no further action.

Whilst Savelio escaped a ban, two players didn’t and they were London Broncos duo Rhys Kennedy and Ethan Natoli. Both men landed dangerous contact charges and one-game bans whilst Castleford pair Cain Robb and Jacob Miller were hit with £250 fines for head contact.

Super League Disciplinary Charges

– Cain Robb (Castleford Tigers) – Grade B Head Contact – £250 Fine
– Jacob Miller (Castleford Tigers) – Grade B Head Contact – £250 Fine
– Ethan Natoli (London Broncos) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
– Rhys Kennedy (London Broncos) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice (Higher End of Sanction of the Grade)

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  1. Philip Croston

    June 17, 2024 at 4:17 pm

    Delighted that the disciplinary team came to this conclusion.

    It would have been even better if they had concluded that the referee and video referee were wrong to send him off in the first place.

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