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Stringer is unlucky.If you read the disciplinary charges against a lot of SL players they get away with placing undue pressure on joints all the time.I've always been suspicious of the committee because often there are double standards, one rule for SL players another for Championship/1 players.

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.

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This is what Mark Aston thinks of it, according to the Sheffield Star.........

If it's a joke it's not very funny, RFL

Published Date: 29 April 2010

By James Collins

Rugby League

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

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