The World Cup is well underway with the first five matches all producing great games of rugby.
The games didn’t come without any incidents however as todays disciplinary report shows with six players across the weekends games cited for their actions.
Adam Doueihi was sent off for Lebanon in their fixture against New Zealand for “foul and abusive language” towards the referee and has been handed a one match suspension which will see him miss the Cedars game against Ireland.
Doueihi is a big loss for Lebanon as he is one of their key players and was looking to form a solid partnership with fellow NRL player Mitch Moses.
Lebanon have a crucial game coming up against Ireland with the winner most likely to advance from the group as runners-up behind the Kiwis. Doueihi’s momentary lapse of judgment could be the downfall of the Cedars full tournament.
Another key man who will miss the next round of fixtures is Anthony Milford who has picked up the suspension following his late hit on Sam Tomkins as England thrashed Samoa.
Milford’s tackle was a particularly poor one and is the type of contact both the NRL and Super League have been trying to eradicate all season.
Both of these players are key losses to their sides as both Lebanon and Ireland need to win their next fixture to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
Two more players have been given cautions, Dom Young and Dale Ferguson.
Young had been cautioned for tripping during Englands win, whilst Ferguson was cautioned for contrary behaviour as Scotland were defeated by Italy.
Doueihi and Milford have until 11am on Tuesday 18th to challenge the decisions to ban them.
Here is the report in full:
Following the first meeting of the RLWC2021 Match Review Panel which took place on 17 October, the following sanctions have been issued:
– Anthony Milford (Samoa): Grade A Dangerous Contact, 1 match penalty notice
– Adam Doueihi (Lebanon): Grade A Foul and/or abusive language to a Match Official, 1 match penalty notice
The following players received cautions:
– Dom Young (England): Tripping
– Dale Ferguson (Scotland): Other Contrary Behaviour