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Wigan Warriors make decision on appeals after copping two bans

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet speaks to the media.

Following the Match Review Panel’s decisions yesterday, it was Wigan Warriors that were the big losers, putting a dampener on their semi-final victory.

Wigan looked strong against Hull KR, with their excellent display resulting in a 38-6 win, booking their place at Wembley for the final next month.

Despite Jake Connor’s actions, arguably causing two melées in Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves, Wigan were the only side that were charged at all.

Kaide Ellis was handed a one-game ban for Grade B Dangerous Contact, and Sam Walters was also given a one-game ban, for Grade B Head Contact.

Both were at the higher end of the sanction grade due to previous indiscretions.

Luke Thompson got a £250 fine for his Grade B Dangerous Contact charge as he wasn’t at the higher end of the sanction grade.

After these decisions, the Warriors have made a decision as to whether they’ll appeal.

Wigan Warriors make decision on appeals after copping two bans

Wigan Warriors Kaide Ellis offloads as he's tackled by Kelepi Tanginoa and Jesse Sue.

Credit: Imago Images

The RFL have confirmed to Serious About Rugby League that the cherry-and-whites have decided not to appeal any of the three decisions from the weekend, meaning both Kaide Ellis and Sam Walters will miss their trip to Salford on Sunday.

This looks to be a much-needed boost for Paul Rowley’s side, who need things to go in their favour after a heavy 40-12 defeat to Leigh Leopards in the last round of Super League.

Wigan may be worried about this game too, as Salford are capable of beating the top sides: they’ve already beaten three of the top five sides in the table this season, and could provide a major shock.

If the Warriors end up losing, they may feel hard done by.

Of course, it’s frustrating to be the only side to lose players from a round of games, especially when so much went on elsewhere in the games, so much so that the RFL made a point of the number of incidents that didn’t result in a charge,

However, compounding this frustration will be the fact that Liam Byrne will miss the second of two games for Grade C Head Contact in a victory over Huddersfield Giants.

He was yellow-carded, while in Castleford Tigers v St Helens, both Liam Horne and Tommy Makinson were sent-off for eventual Grade C incidents.

However, both utilised a loophole, which is explained here, that meant they haven’t missed a single first-team game.

That means he missed two games for the same sanction as two players that didn’t miss one at all.

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