Why Samoan stars escaped further punishment following England clash as ex-Huddersfield Giants star cautioned

The first disciplinary panel for the Rugby League World Cup has communed and today the results were published.

Only two players were given bans in the shape of Samoan star Anthony Milford for his late shot in the second half against England which yielded a yellow card.

Meanwhile, Wests Tigers star Adam Doueihi was given a ban for “foul and abusive language” towards the referee in Lebanon’s clash with New Zealand as Lebanon struggled once Joey Manu kicked the Kiwis up the gears.

That’s bad enough for Lebanon ahead of a big clash against Ireland which could determine whether they make the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Samoans quarter-final hopes shouldn’t be so damaged as you’d expect them to beat Greece this week even without Milford.

However, things could have been much worse for them had the disciplinary panel had a different take on things.

Milford could have picked up a bigger ban for a similar offence earlier in the game but the disciplinary minutes stated that he was engaged by the opposition player: “Player is engaged by opponent who carries on with forward movement into the player.”

Meanwhile, Josh Papali’i could have received a ban for sparking a mele but didn’t on these grounds: “Player pushes opponent on the head which causes a melee with other players being
involved. No punches thrown.”

Dom Young was the only other player cited with the ex-Huddersfield man given a caution for tripping.

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