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Super League star hit with harsh ban a week after claiming he was harshly treated by disciplinary panel

As per usual the match review panel’s verdicts on the weekend’s action has sparked quite the debate as stars from Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves were all charged this week.

A huge nine players were charged, seven of which were for dangerous contact offences but only four of these offences yielded bans with just five players suspended in total by the match review panel.

These included Leeds star Blake Austin, Warrington prop Sam Kasiano and usual suspect Castleford Tigers enforcer Liam Watts.

Watts seems to appear in the charges list most often than not sadly which is a source of frustration for the old fashioned front rower.

It is interesting to see him punished the worst despite receiving the same charge as Blake Austin.

Austin received one match for a Grade C Dangerous Contact charge whilst Watts received two.

This is likely because of his prior record but feeds into something Watts said last week.

The prop claimed on BBC Radio Leeds that he was harshly treated by the panel: “I just seem to be in the spotlight 24-7 with it. Yeah, like I said, I shouldn’t do but I do read the comments every now and again and they put dangerous contact on there and people just automatically think that I’ve just whacked somebody in the back. It’s not like that.

“There’s all sorts of different types of dangerous contacts. I got done for falling on the back of somebody’s leg which was just a tackle that couldn’t be helped. It’s still classed as dangerous contact.

“I’ve seen that tackle a thousand times and I’ve had it done to myself. It’s just rugby league. We’re 17 stone blokes that are trying to tackle somebody.

“Obviously, if they’re bringing this in with the armpit and underneath the armpit and lowering your body position, you’re going to end up tackling round the legs anyway.. It’s a catch 22 really in my eyes.

“They bring the fine system in to obviously fine us but because of my previous record I don’t get fined, I still get banned because I get the top end of the ban every time so I’m still getting banned.

“Others are either getting 250 or whatever they’re getting, but like I said, they brought all the fine stuff in, but I still seem to be picking up bans.

“Yeah, I’m just trying play as clean as possible without being too soft and trying to keep that edge physically and to keep on the front foot.

“We haven’t got the biggest pack, so I’ve got to try and play with some sort of aggression and some sort of size about me and put it to good use.

“So I am doing everything possible that I can in training and like I said, I am doing stuff in training to try and cut out those little bits of errors in my game. But it’s tough, it’s a fast physical sport. Sometimes it’s hard to try and fully eradicate it.”

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