Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants make mixed decisions on whether to appeal bans

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the following sanctions have been issued.

Danny Houghton (Hull FC) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Chris McQueen (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Olly Russell (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Tripping – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade B High Tackle – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Tiaki Chan (Catalans Dragons)- Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens) – Grade A Contact with Referee – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Elijah Taylor (Salford Red Devils) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – 0 Match Penalty Notice

The following player was handed a caution:

Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers) – Dangerous Contact

After being contacted by Serious About Rugby League, the RFL has revealed that neither Leeds nor Huddersfield will appeal the respective bans given to Matt Prior and Olly Russell following the weekend’s games.

If there has been one talking point in rugby league in 2022 so far it’s been that of lengthy bans and an increasing number of cards shown in games.

One touchy point has also been that of the Operations Tribunal appeal hearings and their decision to give some players an upgraded ban after appealing.

It’s a point of concern for Huddersfield Giants head coach Ian Watson who revealed that the club would not dispute the ban handed to star centre Leroy Cudjoe last week because of its ‘pointless’ nature.

“We didn’t look to do that (appeal the ban), it’s pointless,” Watson said.

“It’s not worth it, you go down there and you get given a frivolous charge and get more games.”

Wigan Warriors are, however, set to appeal the two-match ban handed to hooker Brad O’Neill in the reserves’ win over Wakefield Trinity, the RFL confirmed to Serious About Rugby League today.

The hooker came into contact with the referee and was given a Grade C charge, but the appeal hearing will be held tonight.

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