Joel Tomkins given four-match ban for punching

Joel Tomkins returns for Catalans
Catalans Dragons forward Joel Tomkins has been given a four-match ban for punching during his side’s 48-0 Super League win over his old club Wigan.

The 34-year-old was sin-binned for the series of punches, which were in retaliation following a headbutt on his brother Sam by Wigan full-back Zak Hardaker towards the end of the game in Perpignan.

Hardaker, who was sent off, was subsequently given a two-match ban for what the Rugby Football League’s match review panel said was a Grade C offence.

Tomkins was charged with a more serious Grade D offence, which the panel described as “sustained, repeated or violent” punching, and normally carries a ban of between three and five matches.

The player entered a guilty plea when he faced a tribunal hearing on Tuesday evening but challenged the grading of the offence. However, the tribunal found the grade to be correct and, in addition to a four-match ban, he was fined £500.

It was only his fifth game back from an eight-match ban carried over from last season after he was found guilty of “inappropriate contact” on the backside of Leeds full-back Richie Myler.

Meanwhile, Castleford forward George Griffin will miss Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington after a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle in his side’s 60-10 home defeat by Leeds was upheld on appeal. He was also fined £500.

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  1. Laughable. Hardaker gets 2 games for headbutting. A cowardly act from a thug. I’m not Tompkins biggest fan but if someone headbutted my brother on or off the field I would react in same way. How can the protagonist get less of a ban then the reactor. What example does that set.

    • Totally agree. Hardaker has been a disgrace for years.

      I too am definitely not a Joel fan, he is the same category as Hardaker in my view of people with no morals.

      But to get twice the ban for defending your brother against him is totally laughable.

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