London Broncos Rugby League Disciplinary Decisions: Suspensions and Sanctions

Rugby League Disciplinary Decisions: London Broncos Players Facing Suspensions

The Rugby Football League’s Match Review Panel has announced the latest round of Super League disciplinary actions, with London Broncos bearing the brunt of the sanctions.

Following their heavy 52-6 defeat at the hands of league leaders St Helens on Sunday, the struggling Broncos have now seen two of their players receive suspensions for dangerous play. Ethan Natoli was handed a one-match ban for a Grade C Dangerous Contact offense, while teammate Rhys Kennedy was also given a one-game suspension for a Grade B Dangerous Contact infraction.

The Panel’s explanations detail that Natoli’s sanction stemmed from “late contact on the passer,” which was deemed to pose “an unacceptable risk of injury” to the opposing player. Kennedy’s ban, meanwhile, was due to the defender using “any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involved an unacceptable risk of injury.”

This latest blow comes as the Broncos struggle at the bottom of the Super League table, sitting two points adrift after Hull FC’s victory over Leeds Rhinos the previous day. The suspensions will see the London club travel to face Wigan Warriors on Friday without two key players, further compounding their woes.

The disciplinary decisions also impacted other teams, with Castleford Tigers duo Cain Robb and Jacob Miller receiving Grade B sanctions. However, it is the London Broncos who have borne the brunt of the Match Review Panel’s rulings this week.

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