Thompson, Gale and Mellor all banned following Salford clash
Salford Red Devils' Lee Mossop leaves pitch after being sent off for punching Leeds Rhinos' Konrad Hurrell
Leeds Rhinos have been dealt a major blow ahead of a busy weekend of Betfred Super League action with three players banned following the match review panel’s decisions were handed down following the ill tempered clash between Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos on Sunday.
The Rhinos will face Leigh Centurions on Thursday at Emerald Headingley without Bodene Thompson and Alex Mellor, who both serve a one game suspension, whilst skipper Luke Gale will miss Monday’s trip to Warrington Wolves as well as Thursday’s clash after being hit with a two game ban.
Thompson was shown a red card in the game as he ran into the brawl following the punch by Salford’s Lee Mossop on Konrad Hurrell. He has received a Grade B charge and one game suspension for running in and punching. Salford winger Joe Burgess is charged with the same offence after he ran in and punched Thompson in the ensuing melee. No action was taken against Burgess during the game.
Leeds Rhinos forward Alex Mellor has received a Grade B charge of contact with a match official and a one game ban as he made contact with referee Robert Hicks on his way to the same incident. Whilst Tom Briscoe is received a Grade A charge with no ban having ran in just before Mellor.
Luke Gale received a Grade C charge and two game ban for repeated punches thrown in the 44th minute. He was shown a yellow card on the day along with Salford’s Ryan Lannon, who received a lower grading as the panel judged his offence to be on the minor end of the scale.
Brad Dwyer received a Grade A charge and no suspension for dangerous contact in 52nd minute of the game whilst Salford’s Jack Wells, who was sin binned in the game, received a Grade C charge for a dangerous throw and a 2 match suspension.
Finally, Lee Mossop who was sent off for his punch on Konrad Hurrell, received a Grade C charge and a two game suspension.
Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:
Brad Dwyer (Leeds Rhinos – Dangerous Contact Grade A – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Bodene Thompson (Leeds Rhinos) – Punching Grade B – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Alex Mellor (Leeds Rhinos) – Contact with the Match Official Grade B – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Tom Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos) – Contact with the Match Official Grade A – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Luke Gale (Leeds Rhinos) – Punching Grade C – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Lee Mossop (Salford Red Devils) – Punching Grade C – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Joe Burgess (Salford Red Devils) – Punching Grade B – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Jack Wells (Salford Red Devils) – Dangerous Throw Grade C – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Ryan Lannon (Salford Red Devils) – Punching Grade A – 0 Match Penalty Notice