Wigan Warriors to exploit loophole to dodge suspensions

Wigan Warriors may have won the League Leaders’ Shield but it looked like it came at a gigantic cost when the Match Review Panel came out with three players banned.

Kaide Ellis was hit with a one match ban for a high tackle, Harvie Hill received a ban for striking and Bevan French for contact with the match official.

However, none of these three will miss out on play off rugby. This is because they will be able to serve the ban in this weekend’s reserve Grand Final against St Helens due to them having a week off.

Wigan will have been nervous over a number of their stars after potential high tackles from a number of their star men.

The same could be said of Warrington Wolves whilst Max Jowitt could have faced a similar offence.

Leigh may have had a few worries with Edwin Ipape after a tackle similar to the infamous John Asiata tackles whilst Tom Amone was placed on report for a crusher tackle.

There could have been bans for yellow card offences from Sam Tomkins, Amir Bourouh, Sam Lisone and Liam Watts.

Now the disciplinary verdicts have been confirmed.

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League, Women’s Super League, Championship and League One, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Luke Gale (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Hugo Salabio (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Luke Gale (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Tom Amone (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Tom Amone (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Kaide Ellis (Wigan Warriors) – Grade B High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Harvie Hill (Wigan Warriors) – Grade C Strikes – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Bevan French (Wigan Warriors) – Grade B Contact with Match Official – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Adam Milner (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Jack Ormondroyd (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – £250 Fine
Sam Lisone (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A Contact with Match Official – NFA
Chris Satae (Hull FC) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – NFA
George Delaney (St Helens) – Grade C High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice