Today the disciplinary panel have charged seven Super League players after the Challenge Cup and handed out three bans.
It is unsurprising to see Knowles among the seven after his late red card against Halifax Panthers.
He tackled Thomas Inman high in the 79th minute of the cup tie and was shown a red card.
Making matters worse, this was his first game back from a five game suspension after a hip drop tackle on Mike Cooper in the derby between St Helens and Wigan Warriors on Good Friday.
Already some fans have questioned why Knowles didn’t receive a longer ban.
But the RFL’s minutes explain the decision clearly.
They reveal that there was, in their opinion, a clear intention to make a tackle.
The minutes state:
“Law 15.1 (b)
“High tackle – Reckless – tried to tackle but reckless about outcome.
Thus Knowles received a two game ban.
Meanwhile, Hull KR star Rhyse Kennedy is also banned for dangerous contact and the same can be said of Josh Drinkwater of Warrington Wolves who only receives a one match ban despite a Grade C offence.
On Kennedy’s ban, the panel say:
“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
Whilst Drinkwater’s offence was explained in the minutes with:
Dangerous Contact – Defender uses any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or
otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves
an unacceptable risk of injury to that player
Jorge Taufua of Wakefield Trinity is the only player who was charged but not punished.
Meanwhile, Marc Sneyd of Salford Red Devils, Josh McGuire of Warrington Wolves and Josh Griffin are all fined £250 in yet another example of the RFL’s focus on fines over bans in 2023.
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