Why St Helens appealed Alex Walmsley charge despite no ban

In a busy night for the RFL’s Operational Rules Tribunal, it was determined that Alex Walmsley’s appeal was successful after he had been charged with an offence following St Helens’ Magic Weekend win over Huddersfield Giants.

“Alex Walmsley of St Helens has  successfully challenged a Grade B high tackle charge arising from Sunday’s fixture against Huddersfield Giants in Newcastle, with the ORT accepting his plea of not guilty,” the statement read.

St Helens appealed the charge despite the fact it didn’t come with a ban.

Many questioned why.

However, there is a simple reason. It keeps his record clean and therefore limits the chances of longer punishments later.

This news came after a lengthy hearing over Warrington Wolves star Josh McGuire’s Grade F charge,

Last week McGuire was “referred for further investigation” after he was cited for “unacceptable language.”

Yesterday it was confirmed that McGuire could face a huge ban for this offence.

This came as he was charged by the Match Review Panel this week with a Grade F charge.

He was referred to a tribunal tonight and was hit with a huge 12 match ban.

McGuire was suspended for a huge seven games after a red card in pre-season against Leigh Leopards in which he was deemed to have used unacceptable language.

It has also been revealed that McGuire entered a not guilty plea at the tribunal which started at 19:30 but the results were only released at 22:00.