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Three Cheers for the Disciplinary
Posted by southstander on September 14 2005 - 06:46:29

Ten Matches

At long last the disciplinary committee have come to their senses and sentenced a player to a punishment that fits the crime.

I'm not talking about Barrie McDermotts £300 fine and his slap on the wrist. I am, of course, talking about the ten Superleague game ban which has been handed down to Wigans Terry Newton for two cowardly attacks which ended two Saints players seasons.

You may expect me to congratulate Newton on sidelining two key players from one of our major competitors for the Superleague crown, but far from it.

Like many of you who tuned in to SKY last friday hoping for a Wigan win to keep our desperate hopes of retaining the 'hubcap' alive. What we saw was a rough and tough game where one individual, Terence Newton, overstepped the mark.

The assault on Long was a sickener. The ball was long gone when Newton charged at Long with his elbow raised, contacting around the left eye and leaving the Saints half-back in a crumpled heap on the field.

If the referee has seen the incident it would certainly have been a red card, but the officials missed it so badly that it wasn't even put on-report. The video-review panel took a good look at the tape on monday and cited the Wigan hothead to appear before last night disciplinary.

As we all know, this can be a lottery, with the disciplinary erring on the side of leniancy, especially when it comes to integral members of the GB set-up. This time the disciplinary came up trumps with a seven game Superleague ban for this offence and another three for the 'heavy challenge' on Gilmour in the same game.

The wording on this suspension is the most interesting element, as the suspension has to be served in Superleague games. Newton will miss the rest of the season, and the opening few games of next year, but if fit, would be eligible for the tri-nations.

If the rumours of a Newton move to Bradford are true, then fridays disgrace will have been his last outing for Wigan, but with Bradfords recent history with hookers, they might well be reconsidering their offer.

I never thought I'd say this, but well done the disciplinary.

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