Dec Patton facing lengthy ban over gouging charge

Dec Patton Bradford Bulls SWpix
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The Rugby Football League’s match review panel have given Dec Patton a Grade E charge for gouging and the Bradford half-back will face a tribunal.

The Grade E gouging charge comes with a ban of four to eight matches, so Patton could spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Patton’s charge comes after Bradford’s 22-6 defeat to rivals Halifax at last weekend’s Summer Bash. He will be available to play their upcoming match against Workington this Sunday.

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Elsewhere, Leigh centre Nene Macdonald and Featherstone forward Tyla Hepi have also been referred to tribunal with Grade D punching charges following their Summer Bash clash.

The match review panel have given Whitehaven’s Luke Broadbent a two-match penalty notice for a Grade C dangerous throw.

In League 1, Rochdale’s Zac Baker will face a tribunal over a Grade D dangerous throw in their 53-22 derby defeat to Swinton.

The Hornets will also be without Wales international Gavin Bennion and Ireland international Pat Moran for their upcoming games. Bennion received a two-match suspension for a Grade C dangerous throw, whilst Moran will serve a one-match ban for a Grade B dangerous throw.


The latest Championship and League 1 sanctions:

  • Dec Patton (Bradford Bulls) – Grade E Gouging – Refer to Tribunal
  • George Flanagan (Bradford Bulls) – Grade A Disputes Decision – 0 Match Penalty Notice
  • Nene MacDonald (Leigh Centurions) – Grade D Punching – Refer to Tribunal
  • Tyla Hepi (Featherstone Rovers) – Grade A Stands On Intentional – 0 Match Penalty Notice
  • Tyla Hepi (Featherstone Rovers) – Grade D Punching – Refer to Tribunal
  • Pat Moran (Rochdale Hornets) – Grade B Dangerous Throw – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Zac Baker (Rochdale Hornets) – Grade D Dangerous Throw – Refer to Tribunal
  • Gavin Bennion (Rochdale Hornets) – Grade C Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice
  • Brad Holroyd (Swinton Lions) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – 0 Match Penalty Notice
  • Luke Broadbent (Whitehaven) – Grade C Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice

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