The positivity surrounding the new Super League season has become tempered by discussions around the disciplinary, and it’s all discussed on the latest Love Rugby League podcast.
Leeds back-rower James Bentley, sent off in the opening round, saw his three-match ban for that red increased to four for a frivolous appeal.
Opponent Oliver Holmes also had his ban increased two games for the same season.
A total of seven players received bans following the opponent weekend of games, with Catalans Dylan Napa handed a four-match ban for his red card against St Helens.
Reece Lyne of Wakefield and Catalans’ Gil Dudson will miss three games each, while Hull’s Andre Savelio and Hull KR’s Albert Vete will miss two.
Savelio’s team-mate Jake Connor and Brad Dwyer of Leeds received one-match bans.
Big interview with Kyle Amor
The clamp down on late contact, as well as contact around the head, is a big discussion point in the third podcast of the year – as George Riley sits down with St Helens prop Kyle Amor.
The wide ranging interview covers his thoughts on the opening round and his plans for this year and beyond.
Love Rugby League’s James Gordon and Josh McAllister discuss the action from the opening round of Super League and the subsequent disciplinary fall out.
Sticking the boot in
The doping revelations from Oliver Wilkes in an interview with ITV and its timing is questioned.
“It’s very easy to say there’s loads of players and clubs at it without naming names and I know people won’t name names, but you can’t come out and say rugby league’s got a doping problem and not back it up.
“Oliver Wilkes is a player I had admiration for, he was a real tough forward, ran it in well and tackled well. He was the sort of player you would want in your team and I can empathise with some of the things he said.
“But I’m not massive on players who’ve had a career in rugby league who are then trying to bring it down after.
“Why are you trying to drag its name through the mud now when you were more than happy to take the money and dope when you were a player?”