Joel Tomkins: Hull KR captain banned for Warrington match after losing appeal

Joel Tomkins
Joel Tomkins joined Hull KR after leaving Wigan Warriors in June 2018

Hull KR captain Joel Tomkins will miss Friday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington Wolves after losing an appeal against a one-game ban.

Tomkins was charged with a Grade B offence by the Rugby Football League for a tackle on Krisnan Inu in Sunday's Super League game with Salford.

Owner Neil Hudgell criticised the "inconsistency" and "selective justice" of disciplinary rulings.

In reply, the RFL said its match review panel and tribunals are independent.

"There's nothing wrong with the system, just some people in it," Hudgell said.

"The explanation of the basis for charging is baffling and has changed over the last 24 hours giving the impression of being made up on the hoof."

The RFL stressed its procedures are "under constant peer-review", with the most recent having been undertaken by a working group in 2017.

"The individuals involved on the match review panel and the disciplinary tribunal all bring considerable expertise, including experience of playing or officiating at the highest level," a statement added.

"The disciplinary tribunals are chaired by current or former judges.

"Members of both the match review panel and the disciplinary panel work on behalf of the whole sport, to give back to the sport, and they have and deserve our full respect and support."

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