Why Super League forward avoided ban despite two yellow cards and causing one injury

Over the weekend, Mickael Goudemand of the Catalans Dragons caused a stir when he was sin binned twice in the same game against Hull KR.

He ended Jack Walker’s debut early with a head high tackle that forced the former Leeds Rhinos fullback off with a head injury.

He was later sin binned for a cannon ball tackle on Ryan Hall.

However, Goudemand avoids any charge and was only cited once.

The citation is for the cannon ball tackle which states:

“Player comes in behind the knees does not apply pressure to the legs of the opponent.”

In contrast to Goudemand, a huge 11 players have been charged by the Match Review Panel this week.

Of the 11, four players have been fined and will receive no further punishments.

Meanwhile, two more have avoided punishment all together.

On top of this, four players have been handed bans with one player in the shape of Mitchell Pearce handed a ban and a fine.

Unsurprisingly, Wakefield Trinity’s Hugo Salabio has been referred to tribunal and faces a mammoth ban for a spear tackle.

He was sent off in the win against Leeds Rhinos.

His hearing will be heard tomorrow alongside any appeals.

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

Josh Charnley (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B High Tackle – £250 Fine
James McDonnell (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – N/A
Sam Eseh (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Hugo Salabio (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade F Spear Tackle – Refer to Tribunal
Sam Hewitt (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Trip – 1 Match Penalty Notice
King Vuniyayawa (Salford Red Devils) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
George Griffin (Castleford Tigers) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – N/A
Oliver Partington (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Dangerous Throw – £250 Fine
Mitchell Pearce (Catalans Dragons) – Grade D Strikes – 3 Match Penalty Notice and £250 Fine
Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Jez Litten (Hull KR) – Grade B Kicking – £250 Fine