WATCH: The incident that Shaun Kenny-Dowall faces lengthy ban for

James Gordon
Shaun Kenny-Dowall

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Most of the attention surrounding Monday’s disciplinary notes was around the decisions in Leeds’ win over St Helens on Friday.

But what turned out to be the headline charge was for Hull KR’s Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

The Australian was cited for a Grade E Unnecessary contact with Player who is or maybe injured.

It had fans scratching their heads to try and remember the incident.

One fan has identified the challenge on the match video, and posted online.

Kenny-Dowall seems to shoot out of the defensive line to complete a ball-and-all tackle on Leigh’s Ben Reynolds.

His outstretched left arm appears to move up to strike Reynolds in the face, which leaves the Leopards player complaining on the ground as Kenny-Dowall completes the tackle.

Kenny-Dowall then retains hold of Reynolds’s shirt as he gets up off the floor.

Reynolds does then get up to play the ball as play continues on the last tackle, with no penalty awarded.

The Match Review Panel have deemed it worthy of a charge, and Kenny-Dowall must now face an RFL disciplinary tribunal.

He has been deemed to have breached Law 15.1 “Behaves in any way contrary to the true spirit of the game”.

It could mean Kenny-Dowall misses the derby against city rivals Hull FC over Easter weekend.

A Grade E charge carries a suspension tariff of between three and five games.

Meanwhile, Leigh half-back Reynolds was handed a two-match ban for a separate incident in the same game, which the Leopards won 30-25.

Reynolds was deemed to have made dangerous contact with a player after the ball had been released.