Though Liam Watts escaped a ban for tripping against Hull FC, he could not avoid a two-match ban for the same offence against Wigan.
The Castleford Tigers forward was charged with a Grade B “intentional tripping” citation in just the first minute and will now sit out the Tigers’ trip to the Magic Weekend where they will face Salford as well as an away trip to Hull KR.
Watts wasn’t spoken to by referee James Child on the field, but he has been given the ban – much to the chagrin of many Castleford supporters.
One fan joked about Liam Watts’ breathing.
@WATTSY7890 could breathe on someone and would get a ban 😂
— Matt Dunnell (@mattdunnell) August 31, 2021
Watts has been unlucky according to one fan.
Only Consistency they have is consistently giving Watts a 2 game ban for being on the field.
— Gav Leaf (@Gav_Leaf) August 31, 2021
Another used an emoji to describe their feelings.
— Msp (@msp1124) August 31, 2021
That sentiment was echoed by another supporter.
What a surprise 🙄
— Mel Ritson 💙 (@fitblondemel) August 31, 2021
However, a neutral fan agreed with the decision.
He did it again yesterday
— Brad Clarke (@brad_clarke_) August 31, 2021
And another said he had done it twice in succession.
Two weeks running he’s done that hence the ban
— David Byrom (@ByromDigger) August 31, 2021
One parody account had some fun with the news.
Yes, we’ve suspended Liam Watts again. https://t.co/XNT9rrB6FI
— RFL Match Review Panel (@TheRFL_MRP) August 31, 2021