Gee, Mason in the clear

Date published: Thursday, July 18, 2013
OLDHAM forwards Sam Gee and Nathan Mason have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an ill-tempered game at Oxford.

Nobody was sent off and only one player was sin-binned — Oxford’s Andrew Bentley for a high tackle in the 60th minute.

Referee Tom Crashley dished out a total of 25 penalties, however, and late in the second half, issued Oxford with a team warning for persistent offences.

He penalised them 16 times to Oldham’s nine.

Several incidents were studied on DVD as part of RFL disciplinary procedures, but nobody was charged.
Hooker Gee, Oldham’s vice-captain, was under scrutiny for an alleged high tackle on Andrew Bentley early in the game, which Roughyeds won 22-4.
The RFL’s match review panel dismissed the case on the grounds that the DVD was inconclusive as to the point of contact in a challenge in which there might have been a clash of heads.
In the case of Mason, the Roughyeds’ 19-year-old prop who is on loan from Huddersfield Giants, the panel considered whether he used his elbow or forearm illegally in two separate incidents in the 29th and 31st minutes.
In the first of those he took a short ball from Adam Files on the burst and carried defenders over the line with him in scoring Oldham’s second try for a 12-4 lead.
The panel concluded that in that incident his elbow was down on contact and in the second incident two minutes later the DVD wasn’t clear as to the nature of the contact.
Oxford’s Bentley wasn’t charged either, the panel indicating that his ten minutes in the sin bin was sufficient punishment.
His Oxford team mate David Ellison, who had three seasons at Whitebank, suffered a broken jaw in the same game, but no action was taken by referee or touchjudges.
An Oxford team coached by former Oldham boss Tony Benson, and including several members of last year’s Roughyeds’ squad, won 18-16 at Whitebank in April to inflict the home side’s second defeat in their first three league games.
It was to prove the catalyst for a massive change of fortunes for Benson’s successor Scott Naylor and his new, young Oldham squad which embarked on a run of eight wins from nine games, taking 25 points from a possible 27 to climb to the top of Championship One.
The 22-4 win at Oxford was the fourth of five in a row, taking the Roughyeds’ points haul on their travels in the league to Gloucester, Hemel Stags, North Wales, South Wales, Gateshead and Oxford to 16 from a maximum 18.