Last weekend there was only two games with the Challenge Cup semi-finals however they were packed full of controversy and cards and the fallout from the disciplinary was major, Wigan Warriors’ Joe Shorrocks only copping a one game ban for his red card whilst Leigh Leopards’ John Asiata didn’t receive a charge at all.
After Paul Wellens put the RFL on blast last week over the lack of charges for Asiata it will be very interesting to see how the Match Review Panel approach the week’s six Super League games.
Despite that it could be a quiet week given that only one player was sent to the sin bin across all of the six matches from round 20.
That was Catalans Dragons’ winger Tom Davies with the paceman seeing yellow for a professional foul against Joe Burgess as he laid on for too long to prevent a quick play the ball following his opposite winger’s break.
That’s an incident we’ve seen multiple times this season and it rarely draws a charge, particularly when the player was already punished at the time through a sin bin, rather than just a penalty.
Other incidents though that didn’t draw a card but did look quite nasty and could see players anxiously waiting on the Match Review Panel’s report came during the St Helens and Leeds Rhinos clash.
In backfield at one point as Leeds carried out of their twenty metres it seemed that full-back Richie Myler got involved with Saints forward Morgan Knowles.
Myler was seen grabbing Knowles around the head and face which led to the pair going head to head.
Referee Liam Moore warned both captains that he’d happily play with 12 men and that the players needed to clean it up, so it will most likely be looked at.
Another big incident came in the Wigan and Leigh match with commentator Kyle Amor claiming “there’s no need” as Wigan skipper Liam Farrell slapped centre Zak Hardaker as he stood up from the play the ball.
The offence resulted in a penalty which went on to give Leigh the opening try through forward Tom Amone but the matter could be taken further by the Match Review Panel.