Leeds Rhinos second row Jamie Jones Buchanan has lost his appeal after being found guilty of inflicting a ‘chicken wing’ tackle on St Helens prop James Graham during last Friday’s engage Super League Round 26 fixture.
Thankfully the RFL is not completely devoid of integrity. Tonight the Disciplinary Committee upheld the original punishment, a one-match suspension and £300 fine.
The so-called ‘chicken wing’ tackle places ‘undue’ pressure on the shoulder joint of the victim. In Graham’s case it weakened the rotator cuff around the shoulder joint. Not only does that mean that Graham will miss at least the same number of games as JJB, it further means that the joint is in danger of being permanently weakened if it is not allowed to heal properly.
That’s why the RFL is so intent on stamping it out. And that’s why perpetrators ought to be punished fully; as is the case here. In fact the ban ought to be commensurate with the damage caused, subject to a minimum of say one game. If the victim misses two or more games so does the perpetrator
As it happens the ban rules Jones Buchanan out of a meaningless fixture against Salford, with Leeds guaranteed a first place finish barring a miracle turn of events on Friday.