Super League players escape ban
The four Super League players who appeared before the RFL Disciplinary Committee last night are free to play in their sides’ respective Magic Weekend fixtures after all avoided suspension.
Bradford Bulls prop Nick Scruton was found not guilty of making a Grade B high tackle on Joel Clinton of Hull KR and is available for selection for the opening match of Magic Weekend on Saturday, when the Bulls face Crusaders RL.
The RFL Disciplinary Committee ruled that sending off was sufficient punishment for Jake Webster of Hull KR, who was dismissed for a high tackle on Bradford’s James Donaldson in the 74th minute of the same match.
The decision clears Webster to play in the closing match of Magic Weekend at Murrayfield on Sunday, when Rovers bring proceedings to an end with a fixture against St Helens.
Harlequins RL loose forward Rob Purdham is also free to play against Hull FC in Edinburgh on Saturday despite being found guilty of making a tackle that placed undue pressure on the shoulder joint of Wigan Warriors half-back Sam Tomkins.
The committee took into consideration Purdham’s previous good record in handing down a £300 fine.
Kyle Bibb of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats also escaped suspension when the Committee ruled that a £200 fine was the appropriate sanction for his illegal tackle on Hull FC’s Mike Burnett in the 78th minute of last Friday’s fixture at the KC Stadium.
Bibb is now clear to play against Leeds Rhinos in the fourth and final match of the opening day of Magic Weekend, Saturday May 1.