Wigan Warriors’ Willie Isa will miss Good Friday’s Betfred Super League Rivals Round derby against St Helens after losing his appeal against a one-match suspension.
An independent tribunal today upheld a Match Review Panel decision to impose the suspension for a Grade B dangerous contact with a Leigh Leopards opponent during last Friday’s game.
Toulouse Olympique’s Lambert Balmas has been suspended for seven matches, following an investigation and tribunal hearing into an alleged Grade F attack to the testicles of a Bradford Bulls player during the 25 February Betfred Championship match at Odsal.
The following players accepted Match Review Panel decisions.
Kaide Ellis, Wigan Warriors – Dangerous contact, Grade B – £250 fine
Matty English, Huddersfield Giants – Dangerous contact, Grade A – No sanction
Brad O’Neill, Wigan Warriors – Dangerous contact, Grade B – 1 match
Brad O’Neill, Wigan Warriors – Dangerous contact, Grade A – No sanction
Jake Wardle, Wigan Warriors – Dangerous contact, Grade B – £250 fine
In previous seasons it seemed almost every failed appeal was punished with an extra game’s ban seen as “frivolous” and thus fans have been questioning why this isn’t the case for Isa.
In fact, we are yet to see it this season with Morgan Knowles only given a financial punishment for his failed appeal recently.
An RFL spokesperson previously explained this saying:
“Each tribunal considers each case on its individual merits and arrives at a decision accordingly in line with operational rules and sentencing guidelines.”