Nine players banned
Nine Co-operative Championships players have been suspended after they appeared before the RFL Disciplinary Committee charged which offences following Sunday’s Championships Grand Finals day.
Three players from Championship Grand Final winners Featherstone Rovers and five from runners-up Sheffield Eagles have been suspended for charges brought about following a brawl which occurred in the 54th minute of Sunday’s 40-4 contest.
Rovers players Kirk Netherton and Greg Worthington along with Sheffield’s Joe Hirst, Tim Bergin and Dane McDonald have been banned for one match and fined £50 after all five players were found guilty of committing Grade B one-on-one striking offences during the incident.
Sheffield’s Quentin Laula-Togagae and Misi Taulapapa were also banned for one match after they were both found guilty of Grade A punching offences - both were also fined £50.
Featherstone’s Tony Tonks has been banned for two matches for his part in the event after he was found guilty of a Grade B sustained punching offence. Tonks was also fined £100.
Sheffield prop Mitch Stringer has also been banned for two matches after he was found guilty of committing a Grade B offence for deliberately dropping with the knee on winger Tommy Saxton in the 47th minute of the contest. Stringer, who pleaded not guilty, was also fined £100 by the Disciplinary Committee.
Featherstone’s Andy Kain also appeared before the committee charged with a Grade A offence for punching, but after taking the player’s guilty plea and previous good disciplinary record into account, a £50 fine was deemed sufficient.