Last night Warrington Wolves star Paul Vaughan was charged with grade E unnecessary contact and with the Wolves wanting to secure their play off spot amongst the likes of Wigan Warriors, Leigh Leopards and Hull KR, they need him as they face a do or die clash against Huddersfield Giants as they battle with Salford Red Devils for sixth spot.
The Wolves are reportedly set to fight the charge strongly as it goes to tribunal but it is likely to be a tough task based on prior precedent around the offence with Shaun Kenny-Dowall heavily punished for a similar offence earlier this year.
As a result of the charge, Vaughan is now facing a 4-6 week ban which would see him ruled out of this weeks match against Huddersfield Giants, as well as any potential playoff action.
In the minutes disclosed by the RFL, the panel stated Vaughan “makes unnecessary contact with a player who is or may be injured.”
The incident occurred following a tackle on Sione Mata’utia, in which Vaughan moves Mata’utia in order for play to be resumed.
Vaughan will go to a tribunal this evening (Tuesday 19th September) to discover his fate; however he could be ruled out for the remainder of Warrington’s season.
He joined the Wire this season from the Canterbury Bulldogs, and has gone on to make 27 appearances for the club.
Another Warrington forward was also charged by the Match Review Panel this week, in the form of Thomas Mikaele. The forward, who returned to the Halliwell Jones in August, was charged with a grade B high tackle and has been fined £250; however he remains eligible for selection this week against the Giants.
Connor Wrench also found himself on the wrong side of the Match Review Panel this week. The young back was charged with grade A dangerous contact, but he will also be available to play at the John Smith’s on Friday night.
Elsewhere, the match review panel cited a further six players this week on top of the Wire trio. These were:
Tommy Makinson (St Helens) – Grade B High Tackle – £250 Fine
Kaide Ellis (Wigan Warriors) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Jai Whitbread (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Kevin Proctor (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Kai O’Donnell (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
King Vuniyayawa (Salford Red Devils) – Grade C Other Contrary Behaviour – 2 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:
Romain Navarette (Catalans Dragons) – Raises knee in tackle – N/A