Sione Mata’utia receives three-match ban with four players suspended

Josh McAllister
Sione Mata'utia

Sione Mata’utia has been banned for three games following his red card during St Helens’ 25-0 win over Huddersfield. 

He was given his marching orders by referee Chris Kendall early doors for lifting Giants hooker Danny Levi as he lay injured on the ground.

Mata’utia had only successfully overturned a one-match ban earlier last week for a high tackle to keep his place in the team.

Meanwhile, team-mate Morgan Knowles has received a one-match ban for a Grade A late hit on a passer charge. In a separate incident, he was given a yellow card on 71 minutes at the Totally Wicked Stadium for his part in a melee.

The pair will miss Sunday’s trip to Wakefield while Mata’tuia will also miss games against Salford and Castleford.

Jack Welsby received a Grade A offence, but escapes a ban.

Elsewhere in Super League

Salford’s Sam Luckley has received a one-match ban for a Grade B intentional trip charge following their 32-6 win over Catalans at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Castleford’s Cheyse Blair has been banned for two matches following his strike on Josh Thewlis. He received a Grade C charge with his tackle on his Warrington opposition deemed reckless.

Sam Walters received a Grade high tackle charge but did not receive a ban. 

  • Jack Welsby (St Helens) – Grade A Late Hit on Passer – 0 Match Penalty Notice
  • Sione Mata’utia (St Helens) – Grade C Other Contrary Behaviour – Lifting injured player – 3 Match Penalty Notice
  • Morgan Knowles (St Helens) – Grade A Late Hit on Passer – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Sam Luckley (Salford) – Grade B Intentional Trip – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Sam Walters (Leeds) – Grade A High Tackle – Careless – ball carrier dips – 0 Match Penalty Notice
  • Cheyse Blair (Castleford) – Grade C Strikes with hand, arm or shoulder – reckless – 2 Match Penalty Notice

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