Catalans pair receive lengthy bans after elimination play off

The Catalans Dragons pair of Michael McIlorum and Joel Tomkins have both received lengthy bans from the RFL Disciplinary following their actions in the Betfred Super League elimination play off against Leeds Rhinos last Friday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.  

Tomkins faced a Grade F charge of Other Contrary Behaviour after being placed on report following a suspect challenge on Leeds Rhinos’ Richie Myler during last Friday’s Elimination Play-Off. An independent Operational Rules Tribunal tonight found Tomkins guilty and suspended for him for eight matches. 

Tomkins was also fined £500.  

An earlier tribunal suspended Michael McIlorum for a total of six matches for offences committed during the same play-off fixture. The hooker pleaded guilty to a high tackle charge on Rhinos hooker Brad Dwyer and although he challenged the grading of B, the tribunal upheld that grading and imposed a two-match suspension, in addition to a £500 fine.

McIlorum pleaded guilty to a charge of Other Contrary Behaviour, but challenged its grading of F. In that case, the Catalans player lifted the prone and injured Dwyer off the floor having injured him with the previous challenge. The tribunal agreed to reduce the grading to D, and imposed a four-match suspension, with no fine.