Three players fined following the opening round of Super League

Drew Darbyshire
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The Rugby Football League’s match review panel have fined three players following the opening round of the Super League season, but there are no bans.

Wigan forward Morgan Smithies and Leigh duo Tom Amone and Jack Hughes have each been fined £250 over dangerous contract charges.

Smithies was charged with Grade A dangerous contact in their 27-18 defeat Hull KR on Saturday. He won’t face a ban, but has been fined £250.

Leigh prop Amone was charged for a dangerous throw in their 20-10 defeat to Salford. He was sin-binned for the incident.

The match review panel charged Hughes with a Grade A dangerous contact for late contact on the passer in their match against Salford.

Elsewhere, Hull KR forward Elliot Minchella and Salford hooker Andy Ackers were given Grade A dangerous contact charges. However, they don’t face a fine.

The panel handed Castleford prop Suaia Matagi a caution. This was for other contrary behaviour in their 32-30 loss at Hull.

Super League sanctions following Round One:

  • Morgan Smithies (Wigan) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 fine
  • Tom Amone (Leigh) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 fine
  • Elliot Minchella (Hull KR) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – No further action
  • Jack Hughes (Leigh) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 fine
  • Andy Ackers (Salford) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – No further action

The following player was handed a caution:

  • Suaia Matagi (Castleford) – Other Contrary Behaviour

Meanwhile, Warrington coach Daryl Powell confirmed after their 42-10 win over Leeds on Thursday night that the club will not be appealing against the seven-match ban to prop Josh McGuire.

The former Australia and Samoa international was found guilty of a Grade F charge for unacceptable language (disability discrimination) towards an opponent in their 22-10 win over Leigh in pre-season. He was also fined £1,000 and required to undertake mandatory education.

McGuire’s hefty seven-match ban means he will have to wait until April to make his official Super League debut for his new side.

The former NRL man only made the move to Wire during the off-season on a two-year deal.

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