After the scenes in the closing stages of their 30-10 triumph over Warrington Wolves on Saturday evening, five of Catalans Dragons’ key players have been hit with bans for their conduct.
Sam Tomkins, sent-off in the closing stages of the match, has been issued with a three-match suspension for fighting while hooker Michael McIlorum will sit out the Dragons’ trip to Leeds this weekend after receiving a one-match ban.
Mikael Simon and Brayden Williame will also miss the visit to the Emerald Headingley Stadium after being charged with a headbutt and dangerous throw respectively, meaning that Steve McNamara’s men will travel to West Yorkshire with a squad shorn of some of their key players.
Forward Kenny Edwards, who has been strongly linked with a move away from the club in recent weeks with Huddersfield Giants a reported suitor for 2020, will also miss the match again Leeds but hasn’t yet been hit with a penalty notice. The 29-year-old, formerly of Parramatta, faces a disciplinary panel hearing after he was charged with other contrary behaviour.
The RFL, in their disciplinary press release on Monday evening, quoted that: “In respect of the Kenny Edwards Other Contrary Behaviour Charge, the Match Review Panel elected to refer this to the Operational Rules Tribunal under section 3.4 of the Sentencing Guidelines. The rationale behind this is that, due to the obscure nature of the charge, and there being no comparable evidence in which for the Panel to compare, it was deemed appropriate to issue a direct referral for consideration rather than issue a Penalty Notice.”
Tom Lineham is the sole Warrington player hit with a ban after the match and the winger will sit out this week’s clash against St Helens on Thursday night.
The off-field scenes are to be investigated separately with a compliance investigator set to look into the crowd misconduct.