Seven players have been charged by the match review panel today after the Challenge Cup over the weekend including Hull FC star Josh Griffin whose superb performance against Castleford Tigers came to an abrupt end when he was shown a yellow card.
He is of course not alone in the seven. Unsurprisingly, Morgan Knowles is among them after his late red card against Halifax Panthers.
He tackled Thomas Inman high in the 79th minute of the cup tie and was shown a red card.
Making matters worse, this was his first game back from a five game suspension after a hip drop tackle on Mike Cooper in the derby between St Helens and Wigan Warriors on Good Friday.
Meanwhile, Hull KR star Rhyse Kennedy is also banned for dangerous contact and the same can be said of Josh Drinkwater of Warrington Wolves who only receives a one match ban despite a Grade C offence.
Jorge Taufua of Wakefield Trinity is the only player who was charged but not punished.
Meanwhile, Marc Sneyd of Salford Red Devils, Josh McGuire of Warrington Wolves and Josh Griffin are all fined £250 in yet another example of the RFL’s focus on fines over bans in 2023.
Focusing on Griffin however, his fine comes for disputing a decision and came when he had a try harshly disallowed and not referred to the video referee.
The game had been won at that point so perhaps it was unnecessary from Griffin.
The match review panel has no further notes on the incident other than branding it as “disputes decision.”
Perhaps though it is right to come down hard on these moments in games. We don’t want rugby league to become like football and on that note we should give credit to Super League players for their character, it is just a case here where Griffin allowed his emotions to get the better of him.
Likewise we should praise officials for the way they manage players.
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