“Whitty” charged with punching

Date published: Friday, June 27, 2014

DANNY Whitmore has been charged by the RFL with a grade ‘B’ punching offence in Oldham’s win at Gateshead Thunder

For the second time in four games, the Roughyeds hooker was shown the yellow card and sin-binned for similar infringements.
There were, however, significant differences between what happened at Whitebank in the game against London Skolars on June 1 and the circumstances surrounding this latest Whitmore incident on Tyneside last Sunday.
At Whitebank, the Oldham player was accompanied to the ‘bin’ by an opponent, Courtney Davies; play resumed with a penalty to Roughyeds; and the RFL’s match review panel ultimately decided to take no further action because the yellow card was considered to be sufficient punishment.
At Gateshead, Whitmore was judged to be the only player who warranted ‘yellow’; the penalty went to the home side; and the match review panel, who study such incidents on DVD, pressed ahead with the charge.
The recommended sanction for a player found guilty of a grade ‘B offence is one to two matches.
If Whitmore wishes to submit an early guilty plea, which would carry a one-match ban, he must do so by 11am on Tuesday.
That decision has not yet been made, however, and it won’t be until chairman Chris Hamilton, coach Scott Naylor and the player have looked at the case in detail. Nor will there be any club or player comment at this stage.
Either way, Whitmore will be free to play at Oxford on Sunday (3pm) when high-flying Roughyeds will be going for their seventh win in the last eight games.
Michael Ward suffered a dead leg at Gateshead but, after missing Tuesday’s training session as a precaution, it was business as usual last night for the strong-running front-rower.
George Tyson, who didn’t play last week because of back and ankle injuries, is available for selection again.
And several players who have been unable to break into the 17 in recent weeks, among them Brett Robinson, Mark Hobson, Paddy Mooney, Alex Davidson and Liam Thompson will also be throwing their hats into the ring.
Oxford’s former Oldham boss Tony Benson hopes to welcome back prop David Ellison, who missed last week’s loss at Gloucester.
Other ex-Whitebank men expected to be up against their former club are Tommy Connick, Alex Thompson and Valu Bentley.