Being a disciplined side in Super League is essential in this day and age in order to bring as much success as possible to a top flight club.
Giving away penalties is one thing, but getting yellow and red cards can be destructive for a side during a game – and after it once the Disciplinary Match Review Panel has had its investigations into the weekend’s action.
Looking at analysing the regular Super League season in 2022, it’s clear to see that some teams have adapted well to the new crackdown in rules whilst others have struggled.
The side that has struggled the most has been the Castleford Tigers who have been awarded a staggering 19 yellow and red cards in 2022 – that is almost one a game in the league.
Not far behind Lee Radford’s men, however, sit Leeds Rhinos with 18 yellow and reds as Rohan Smith’s side seemed to be trigger happy earlier in the season.
Catalans Dragons sit in third in the table with 15 cards altogether, with three of those reds whilst Salford Red Devils, Hull FC and St Helens have all accrued 12 cards.
The only difference is that Hull have been given three reds and nine yellows compared to the one red and 11 yellows given to Saints and the 12 yellow cards awarded to Salford.
Warrington Wolves are up next with ten yellow cards as Daryl Powell struggled in his first season in charge of the Cheshire club with Huddersfield Giants not far behind on eight yellows and one red.
Wakefield Trinity and Toulouse Olympique may well have enjoyed a relegation tussle throughout the season, but they were both well disciplined with just seven and six yellow cards respectively.
Hull KR came in next with five yellows as both Tony Smith and Danny McGuire instilled a mutual respect in their ranks, level on the amount of cards being distributed with the Wigan Warriors.
That being said, the difference between those two clubs is the fact that Wigan have been given two reds and three yellows as opposed to Rovers’ five yellows.
The disparity between top and bottom is quite remarkable really with a difference of 14 cards between Castleford and Wigan and Hull KR.
Obviously, discipline will be high on Radford’s agenda for 2023.