Super League official vindicated despite complaints from fans

Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Hull KR and Leigh Leopards players have all landed in hot water with the Match Review Panel after the latest round of fixtures.

However, the vast majority have only been fined with only two of the huge 16 charges handed out being bans.

One went to Hull FC skipper Carlos Tuimavave after a dangerous tackle on Jake Wardle on Friday night against Wigan Warriors.

It seemed somewhat inevitable that the other ban would go to a Catalans Dragons player after they received two yellow cards.

One of them went the way of Michael McIlorum who was lucky not to receive another card for a dangerous tackle on Rob Mulhern as the prop was lifted into a dangerous position.

Leigh fans were calling for him to be sent off but the red card didn’t emerge.

This is because official Jack Smith agreed with Michael McIlorum when he said “he’s dipped his head.”

Smith has been vindicated in this decision, despite the calls from Leigh fans at the time, by the match review panel stating that the penalty was sufficient for that incident.

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Chris Atkin (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Dangerous Lift – £250 Fine
Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) – Grade B High Tackle – £250 Fine
Jay Pitts (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Late Contact – Not Applicable
Mason Lino (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Julian Bousquet (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Mitchell Pearce (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A High Tackle – £250 Fine
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade B Late Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Lachlan Lam (Leigh Leopards) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – Not Applicable
Tom Briscoe (Leigh Leopards) – Grade A Reactionary Trip – Not Applicable
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Hull KR) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – £250 Fine
Jimmy Keinhorst (Hull KR) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Tom Opacic (Hull KR) – Grade B Late Contact – £250 Fine
Matt Parcell (Hull KR) – Grade B Intentional Trip – £250 Fine
Carlos Tuimavave (Hull FC) – Grade D Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:

Suiai Matagi (Castleford Tigers) – Late Contact