Castleford Tigers' Liam Watts has one-game ban doubled for 'frivolous' appeal

CASTLEFORD TIGERS forward Liam Watts has had his one-match doubled by an independent tribunal as he unsuccessfully challenged a penalty notice for a Grade B 'dangerous contact'.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 7:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 7:56 am
Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 08/05/2021 - Rugby League - Betfred Challenge Cup Quarter-Final - Castleford Tigers v Salford Red Devils - Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England - Castleford's Liam Watts

The incident occurred in the 74th minute of the Tigers' Challenge Cup win over Salford Red Devils as Watts was sin-binned for a late hit on Elijah Taylor.

Watts accepted the guilty plea but challenged the grading, however the tribunal found his appeal to be "frivolous" and added another match to his ban.

An RFL statement read: "Liam Watts has been banned for two games following tonight’s (Tuesday 11 May) independent Operational Rules Tribunal.

"The Castleford Tigers forward was initially suspended for one game by the RFL Match Review Panel, having in their view made Grade B ‘Dangerous Contact’ with Salford’s Elijah Taylor in the 74th minute of last Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup tie.

"Watts entered a guilty plea, but challenged the grading. The tribunal found the grading to be correct and considered Watts’s tribunal challenge to be frivolous. The tribunal doubled the suspension and fined Watts £500."