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Super League Disciplinary: Wigan Warriors sweating ahead of Wembley

Wigan Warriors Adam Keighran could face Super League disciplinary action.

Another full round of action this week means clubs will once again be worrying about potential charges and bans from the RFL’s Match Review Panel, in another round of Super League disciplinary drama.

Last week, we saw Warrington’s George Williams become the only player to be given a ban, being handed a one-match Penalty Notice for Grade B (higher end) dangerous contact, meaning he would miss the ‘dress rehearsal’ for this weekend’s Challenge Cup final against Wigan Warriors.

That game, without Williams, resulted in an incredibly tight 18-19 defeat for the Wolves, as despite Stefan Ratchford’s late try and conversion, Harry Smith’s drop-goal at the end of the first half proved to be the difference between the sides.

It will certainly be the focus of the fallout for the Panel’s decisions later, as there were multiple incidents that could see players banned for the trip to Wembley.

The night before saw a top-of-the-table clash between St Helens and Catalans Dragons, where the Saints slayed the Dragons with a score of 24-12 to finally break their five-game losing streak against the side from Catalonia.

Catalans dominated much of the first half, and looked set to win against the Red Vee yet again, but Konrad Hurrell’s try before half-time and the later onslaught from the Saints troops proved too much for the travelling side, as Mata’utia, Makinson and Lees completed the victory.

A brief melee during that game could result in sanctions from the Match Review Panel.

Huddersfield Giants, on poor form, would have been a target for Simon Grix’s struggling Hull FC side, and looked like they might finally pick up some points right until the end, eventually falling 24-18, despite late tries from Logan Moy and Cam Scott.

Hull KR have shown signs of faltering slightly and Leigh Leopards have finally started to get in a groove after a disappointing start to the season, but the score followed the league table as Rovers, through tries from Tom Opacic and Niall Evalds sealed a 12-0 victory.

On derby day, Castleford never got going, making handling errors all over the field and allowing a Brodie Croft and Rhyse Martin-inspired Leeds Rhinos to run riot, coming out 32-4 winners at Headingley.

It was the Marc Sneyd show in front of 2,843 spectators, as the Red Devils swept the London Broncos aside as Sneyd kicked five goals and set up four tries, leading his side to a 34-4 victory.

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Leigh Leopards lift the Challenge Cup trophy after victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the final

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St Helens and Catalans scrap

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One side that will be particularly concerned is Catalans Dragons, and one incident in the game saw the match officials miss what seemed to be a shoulder charge with no attempt to wrap from Tariq Sims, and this could be of consequence with the Panel looking at the incidents from the game.

Franck Maria then did put Catalans a man down, as he was sin-binned for a high shot in the first half, sparking angry responses from Saints players.

Romain Navarrete and Ben Garcia both gave plenty of attention to Jack Welsby, making contact with his head in the resulting melée and could also face action based on that.

Wembley beckons for Wigan Warriors, but there’s a chance they’ll be under the arch without some key players.

Adam Keighran was given a red card for a nasty-looking shot on Lindop with direct contact to the head. After the game, head coach Matt Peet said he was ‘disappointed with his actions’ but has since backtracked, suggesting that it wasn’t as bad as it first looked.

Tyler Dupree, meanwhile, seemed to headbutt an opposition player at a play the ball, while Brad O’Neill’s tackle that gave Warrington the chance to go into a 2-0 lead could also have consequences.

Another side worrying will be Salford, as Oli Partington, although not punished at the time, seemed to make contact with the head, and Chris Hankinson’s late, also unpunished, shot on Hakim Miloudi could be spotted by the Panel.

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