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Why Super League star had ban overturned by tribunal

Tonight there was an Operational Rules Tribunal following Round 10 of the Betfred Super League.

This is ahead of one next week which will determine the charge picked up by Siua Taukeiaho.

Both follow a whole host of charges from last weekend’s Super League action.

In fact a total of 12 players found themselves in hot water as 11 players were charged, with Bureta Faraimo charged twice, and one player cautioned in the shape of Huddersfield Giants skipper Luke Yates.

James Batchelor, Tom Holroyd, Nathan Peats and Jorge Taufua are the four players who haven’t been hit with a ban but Holroyd has been fined £250.

As aforementioned, Faraimo was the player charged twice. For one incident he avoided any punishment but his second, for a strikes, he has been given a one match ban.

Alongside the Castleford Tigers star, Willie Isa of Wigan Warriors, Michael McIlorum and Siosiua Taukeiaho of Catalans Dragons, Liam Watts of Cas and Nathan Wildie of Leigh Leopards are the other players banned.

Isa was the only player hit with a two match ban.

After this Leigh appealed Nathan Wilde’s ban which is the reason for tonight’s tribunal.

He was successful in avoiding a ban but fans might be asking why.

The reason behind this is because the club did not challenge the charge but instead challenged the grading.

The argued the dangerous contact charge was Grade A not Grade B and the tribunal agreed and overturned the ban and awarded a fine instead.

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