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Why St Helens star Jack Welsby escaped ban despite being charged

Tonight, the Disciplinary Match Review Panel issued a ban for St Helens star Morgan Knowles ahead of this week’s Grand Final cash against the Leeds Rhinos.

Knowles was charged with Grade B Dangerous Contact after being sin binned for an alleged chicken wing on Salford Red Devils man Chris Atkin in the weekend’s semi-final.

However, St Helens also had another man charged in the shape of Jack Welsby, whose big hit on Atkin saw the latter bust his lip.

No punishment was issued on the field by referee Chris Kendall with the majority of people thinking it was a great tackle.

However, the Match Review Panel saw enough to charge Welsby with: “Law 15.1 (b) High tackle – careless – ball carrier dips Grade A.”

Because of his previous good behaviour, however, Welsby will not miss the Grand Final as his charge carries no games.

Fellow Saints man James Roby was also cautioned for Dangerous Contact, with the minutes stating: “Law 15.1 (i) Other Contrary Behaviour.”

Saints are, however, appealing Knowles’ ban which may well prove the difference between winning and losing the showpiece event at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

Their opponents Leeds, meanwhile, have no charges to answer.



  1. Lee Thewlis

    September 19, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Because it’s st helens, had that been a leeds player he would of got jail time.

    • Tony d

      September 21, 2022 at 5:38 pm

      Just bout say that my self Saint wigan or Leeds get away with everything same as snapping up players from other clubs that’s why they are always the top 3 same as my team leigh we should go up next year n most players will get signed does my head in n that’s why no1 else can compete in that league

      • Lee Thewlis

        September 22, 2022 at 10:20 am

        Are you kidding me Leeds have finished 9th
        8th, 5th, 5th, 5th the last 5 seasons, we have had rotten luck with injuries the last few years, Kirkstall floods cost us a million, new stadium cost 45m, covid revenue losses, 2022’s laughable bans, the list goes on but we just crack on with it. Good luck for next season Leigh.

        Womens grand final winners.
        Mens grand final.
        PDRL grand final winners.
        Mens wheel chair league leaders, challenge cup winners and grand final.
        Academy grand final.

        What a city, what a club.

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