RFL Match Review Panel Upholds Disciplinary Decisions Ahead of Rugby League Finals

The RFL Match Review Panel has made its disciplinary rulings for last week’s Super League matches, including decisions on suspensions and yellow cards. With the Challenge Cup final and other key rugby league events on the horizon, the panel’s verdicts provide insight and context for fans as they prepare for the action-packed weeks ahead.

Super League Discipline Roundup: Keighran and Dupree Banned, but O’Neill Cleared

With the new week upon us, rugby league enthusiasts eagerly awaited the Super League disciplinary decisions announced today by the RFL Match Review Panel. Last week’s headlines were dominated by bans handed to Adam Keighran and Tyler Dupree, who will miss the upcoming Challenge Cup final at Wembley. However, their teammate Brad O’Neill was able to feature, as his Dangerous Contact charge was deemed less severe.

In the highly anticipated Challenge Cup final, Warrington were rested, but the Warriors still emerged victorious with an 18-8 win. Controversy struck early, as referee Chris Kendall issued yellow cards to both Mike Cooper and Matt Dufty within the first few minutes of the match. While many in the sport questioned the validity of these decisions, the RFL Match Review Panel has now confirmed that no further sanctions will be applied.

“Cooper’s contact was ‘low force’ as his opponent was falling, and the sin bin was a sufficient punishment. Similarly, Dufty’s high shot was also deemed to be ‘low force,’ with the sin bin deemed an appropriate outcome.”

The Panel also reviewed incidents involving Liam Farrell, Junior Nsemba, and Brad O’Neill, but decided that no further action was necessary in those cases.

With the disciplinary matters settled, rugby league fans can now turn their attention to the upcoming Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Finals, which the Match Review Panel will convene to discuss on Thursday.

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