Tigers winger Carney escapes ban

Justin Carney is free to play against Hull on Sunday.
Justin Carney is free to play against Hull on Sunday.

Castleford Tigers winger Justin Carney was fined £300 and issued with a warning about his future conduct at Tuesday evening’s RFL disciplinary hearing after admitting a grade A charge of punching during Sunday’s 36-31 Super League win against Wigan Warriors.

Carney, who was sin-binned for the offence, served three separate suspensions in his first season in Super League in 2013 but is free to play in Sunday’s home game against Hull FC.

Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of a high tackle that broke Castleford winger Kirk Dixon’s jaw in last Sunday’s match.

McIlorum, who was charged by the RFL’s match-review panel for a reckless tackle during his side’s defeat by the Tigers, did have the option of submitting an early-guilty plea.

Instead, he chose to fight his case, but a disciplinary panel found him guilty.

He was given a £300 fine, in addition to the suspension.