Wigan Warriors find out appeal result as ex-Castleford Tigers and Newcastle Thunder man loses fight against EIGHT-MACH ban

Independent disciplinary tribunals met this evening (Tuesday 2 August) to hear one appeal, one Match Review Panel decision challenge and three review panel referrals.

Match Review Panel referrals were all found to be correct in the cases of Jordan Thomson (Workington), George Birch (London Broncos) and Mason Opie-Palmer (Hull FC).

Thomson pleaded guilty to a Grade D punching charge and was given a three match suspension; Birch is suspended for five matches after admitting a Grade E punching charge and Opie-Palmer is suspended for three matches after pleading guilty to a Grade D dangerous throw.

Newcastle Thunder’s Alex Foster remains suspended for eight matches after losing his appeal, but Wigan Warriors’ Brad O’Neil successfully challenged a Match Review Panel decision and saw his initial two match suspension for Grade C contact with a match official downgraded to Grade B (one match).

Earlier today the following players accepted Match Review Panel decisions.

Kieron Baker (Whitehaven) – Dangerous contact (Grade B) – 1 match

Zac Baker (Rochdale Hornets) – Dangerous contact (Grade B) – 2 matches

Tiaki Chan (Catalans Dragons) – Dangerous contact (Grade A) – 0 matches

Matt Garside (Halifax Panthers) – Dangerous contact (Grade B) – 1 match

Danny Houghton (Hull FC) – Dangerous contact (Grade A) – 0 matches

Bayley Lui (Sheffield Eagles) – Other contrary behaviour (Grade A) – 0 matches

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens) – Contact with referee (Grade A) – 0 matches

Chris McQueen (Huddersfield Giants) – Dangerous contact (Grade A) – 0 matches

Isaac Nokes (Newcastle Thunder) – Dangerous contact (Grade B) – 1 match

Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos) – High tackle (Grade B) – 2 matches

Olly Russell (Huddersfield Giants) – Tripping (Grade B) – 1 match

Gadwin Springer (Featherstone Rovers) – Dangerous contact (Grade A) – 0 matches

Elijah Taylor (Salford Red Devils) – Dangerous contact (Grade A) – 0 matches

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Philip Hartley
Philip Hartley
5 days ago

Here we go again, look at the teams that get away with bans or have them cut. A ban should be a ban no matter what. You touch the match officials 1 match, high tackles, some teams seem to playing against giants 2 match ban. Indagering a player 4 match ban. I would include spear or half spear in this. Throwing a punch at an opponent not connecting, warning only. Throwing a punch and opponent doesn’t respond 2 match ban. Both players Throwing punches, card to be given in game. Let’s face it Rugby is not Football, some players who play are not angles I’m thinking front, second and loose, we all know about some scrum half who could mix it.