The results from tonight’s Operational Tribunals are in – and it’s not good news for Wakefield Trinity fans.
Liam Hood of Wakefield Trinity has been found guilty of a Grade D shoulder charge in last Friday’s Betfred Super League fixture at Hull FC. He has been suspended for three matches, and fined £500.
Wakefield Trinity’s appeal against the three-match suspension imposed on Kelepi Tanganoa for a Grade C charge of dangerous contact in their fixture against Wigan Warriors on August 14 was rejected – although it was not deemed frivolous.
Though Hood has now been banned for three games – and so will sit out the rest of the Super League season – there was no action taken on the field in Hull’s favour last Friday.
That was despite the fact that the replay was shown on video a number of times, but, because play had not been stopped as Manu Ma’u – who was hit by Hood – had got straight up after the incident, no retrospective action was given.
Though the Black and Whites were second best on the night by quite a long way, a red card for Hood could well have changed the game in Brett Hodgson’s men’s favour.
As it was, Hull did not benefit, but Wakefield’s next three opponents will.
With Tanginoa’s ban, Trinity were not charging the offence, but rather the grading as they felt it was too steep for the incident.
However, they will have been counting their chickens that it was not deemed frivolous when the verdict was given that the ban would not be downgraded as has been the case before.
Tanginoa will now miss Trinity’s next two games meaning he is free to play Wakefield’s last game of the season.