Stringer and Barlow Banned
Posted 28 April 2010 - 08:18 PM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 09:41 AM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 11:37 AM
Purely commercial decisions. The RFL want their star players playing all the time. They don't care whether players in our division play or not.
You're absolutely right about the disciplinary reports. Most of them are for Superleague players. Most of them are reported no case to answer. Very few - if any - Superleague players are ever suspended. It's not a coincidence.
What's wrong with these Wigan players joints, anyway ? A few less pies and a bit more weight training would do them the world of good.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 12:20 PM
If it's a joke it's not very funny, RFL
Published Date: 29 April 2010
By James Collins
SHEFFIELD Eagles coach Mark Aston has described as a "joke" bans on forwards Mitch Stringer and Sam Barlow which will keep them out of crucial home games.
Aston's anger has been fuelled by four Super League players escaping suspensions at the same hearings.
"It's a joke - one rule for the Super League and one for the lower leagues," he said. "I'd like to appeal but what's the point?
"Sam Barlow hadn't been before the disciplinary (committee) for five years since he was about 17, Mitch Stringer is another with a good record - but they still get bans."
The players were each hit by the two-match suspensions after being found guilty of offences during the Challenge Cup game against Wigan Warriors.
They will miss Whitehaven's visit to Bramall Lane on Bank Holiday Monday and the clash with Batley Bulldogs - games Aston has targeted to kick-start the Eagles season in the Championship.
The pair have been almost ever-present for the Eagles this season, appearing in 12 of the 13 games. Stringer is also the top points scorer with eight tries and 23 conversions for 78 points. Following the loss of prop forward Jack Howieson for up to six weeks with an arm injury Aston faces having to rebuild his forward pack.
Prop Stringer was banned for two games and fined £50 by the RFL Disciplinary Committee for making a tackle which placed "undue pressure on the ankle joint" of Darrell Goulding early in the Wigan game.
He was charged after the incident was spotted by the RFL Match Review Panel on follow up viewing of the match film.
Second row forward Barlow was also hit by a two-match ban and fined £50 for a "dangerous throw" which lifted fullback Cameron Phelps off his feet. He was put on report by the match referee Ian Smith after the incident.
In hearings against the Super League players one case was dismissed, in another a sending off was judged sufficient and two players were given fines but no ban.
All four are now free to play for their clubs in the Super League's showcase Magic Weekend round of games in Edinburgh over the Bank Holiday. The disciplinary panel also decided not to ban York City Knights' Paul Stamp, who was found guilty of making a tackle that placed "undue pressure on the knee and groin" of Crusaders RL player Rocky Trimarchi in the Challenge Cup fourth round game. He was fined £50.
Posted 29 April 2010 - 07:07 PM
The reports are public enough. All you need to do is read them.