Thirty-three incidents involving players from Super League teams were investigated by the RFL disciplinary after last weekends Challenge Cup and round Eleven fixtures.
After consideration of the video evidence there were six charges brought, and one caution issued, to Ashley Gibson of Castleford Tigers for use of the knees in the fifty-ninth minute of their game against Widnes.
Of the charges brought, three were resolved through early guilty pleas (EGP's) and three resulted in a trip to appear before the panel.
There were several sharp intakes of breath when the draw for the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was made, none more pronounced than when Championship trail-blazers Leigh Centurions were drawn at home against Salford Red Devils.
Over six thousand were at the Leigh Sports Village for the tie of the round, with the Red Devils being the bookies favourites to uphold the honour of Super League and inflict the Centurions first home defeat in eighteen months.
Paul Rowley, his side, and his supporters have an expectation of being in Super League next season and this was their chance to benchmark themselves against the fourth placed side in the flagship competition.
The game of Round eleven saw first travel to second as the Rhinos made the trip to Langtree Park, not their happiest of hunting grounds, to take on Kieron Cunningham's Saints.
The rest of the league was rooting for the Saints, to try and bring the Rhinos back to the pack, as a win tonight for the Blue and Amber would see them six points clear and with one hand on the league leaders shield.
Both sides were carrying large numbers of injured absentees but there was still plenty of potential for them to serve up a feast.
The race for the top four of the Kingstone Press Championship is still no clearer after an exciting round nine, and with just four points separating fourth spot from ninth there are plenty of twists and turns to come. Even the two Cumbrian sides in tenth and eleventh are not totally out of it.
Leigh and Bradford both marched on with victories but Sheffield Eagles offered the former a more thorough test than others have in recent weeks. Salford Red Devils will not be relishing the thought of their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup visit to Leigh Sports Village next Saturday afternoon.
Newspaper reports in Australia are linking Leeds Rhinos to a move to sign St George Illawara Dragons and England star half-back Gareth Widdop. It is understood that Gary Hetherington made contact with the highly regarded 26-year-old as the Rhinos supremo looks to replace Kevin Sinfield, after he departs to rugby union at the end of the 2015 season.
Widdop has another two full seasons to run on his contract with the Dragons but there is some speculation that he may be interested in entertaining thoughts of a move.
The Rugby Football League were right that 'every minute matters', and today's game at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle was no exception as high flying Hull KR were the visitors to a Castleford Tigers who are themselves starting to find some form.
Both sides had a lot to play for. A win by thirty-five points or more would see Castleford up to fourth, and a win of any type would see them go above the visitors into fifth. If Hull KR could get a win they would be up to third, and a win by more than fifty-eight points would see them into second spot.
Tonights two sides came into the game on the back of very different experiences over the last week. the home side were euphoric after taking the points off the champions last Monday at Langtree Park but the visitors were playing again just five days after a defeat in the south of France and a delay in their trip back home due to industrial action.
Denis Betts had rested a few key players for the long trip south and made seven changes ahead of tonight's game, knowing full well the importance of this fixture. FC had the new found confidence that a win against last years Grand Final winners can instil and were looking to make a charge on the eight.
The RFL Disciplinary committee will be looking to increase the number of free minutes on their talk plan after considering fifty-three incidents from the weekend’s twelve Super League games.
After ploughing their way through hours of footage they settled on fourteen charges, only one of which has so far resulted in an Early Guilty Plea (EGP), although a number of others have until this morning to submit their ‘mea culpa’.
If you do have Salford’s Weller Hauraki in your Fantasy Super League team, now might be the time to think about a change, as he is the only player to be charged twice.
This week Southport Storm travelled to Bury Broncos and earned their first win of the season.
The Storm started the game well and mounted pressure on the Broncos trapping them in their own half for the opening five minutes. A penalty for offside allowed Bury into Southport's half but Bury were soon defending their line again after the ball was passed wide to Adam Atkinson who made a spectacular run down the right wing outpacing several defenders and was unlucky to be stopped yards from the try line.