Why St Helens’ Jack Welsby and Leeds Rhinos forward will play against Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors despite being charged

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Jack Welsby (St Helens) – Grade A Late Hit on Passer – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Sione Mata’utia (St Helens) – Grade C Other Contrary Behaviour – Lifting injured player – 3 Match Penalty Notice
Morgan Knowles (St Helens) – Grade A Late Hit on Passer – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Sam Luckley (Salford) – Grade B Intentional Trip – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Sam Walters (Leeds) – Grade A High Tackle – Careless – ball carrier dips – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Cheyse Blair (Castleford) – Grade C Strikes with hand, arm or shoulder – reckless – 2 Match Penalty Notice

The following player was handed a caution:

Thomas Mikaele (Warrington) – Dangerous Contact – Drop Tackle

Mata’utia and Knowles will miss St Helens’ fixture against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday, with Salford’s Sam Luckley missing the Red Devils’ clash with Toulouse Olympique on Saturday.

Castleford will also be without Cheyse Blair for their visit to Hull FC on Friday night following his dangerous hit on Warrington’s Josh Thewlis on Saturday. Blair will also miss an extra game after the clash at Hull.

However, Welsby, despite being cited and charged, will be free to play next weekend as will Leeds Rhinos’ Sam Walters.

The Disciplinary Match Review Panel stated: “Law 15.1(i) Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head, neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. Grade A.”

Walters, meanwhile, did not receive a ban either with the Match Review Panel stating: “Law 15.1 (b) High Tackle – Careless – ball carrier dips Grade A.”

As such, it means that Welsby is free to take on Wakefield on Sunday afternoon whilst Walters can play for Leeds against Wigan on Thursday night.

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