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