Knowles available for Grand Final after successful second appeal

St.Helens R.F.C's Morgan Knowles is free to play in Saturday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final, following a successful second appeal against a two-match suspension.

Knowles was charged with a Grade B offence and given a two match suspension following the Betfred Super League Play-off Semi-final against Salford Red Devils.

After Tuesday’s independent tribunal rejected his first appeal, the Club launched a second appeal claiming that the tribunal’s conclusion was “unreasonable” based on the evidence presented.

Tonight’s new tribunal accepted that while there was some twisting to apply pressure to the limb of an opposing player, this did not exceed the normal range of movement and therefore could not have posed an “unacceptable risk of injury”. 

The Club was therefore successful with the appeal and Knowles is available for Saturday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final.

The full minutes of the hearing will be available on the RFL website on Thursday morning.

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