RFL issue charges after brawl

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Five players were sent off in the contest between Rochdale and South Wales
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Five players were sent off in the contest between Rochdale and South Wales

The Rugby Football League have charged 10 players following the mass brawls that broke out during Sunday's Championship One clash between Rochdale and South Wales.

Rochdale's Gary Middlehurst has been handed a Grade C fighting charge, as have his team-mates Phil Braddish and Chris Hough. Steve Bannister and Dayne Donaghue have Grade B charges to answer to.

For South Wales, Luke Kell and Nathan Mossop have also Grade B hearings to attend, as has Dom Crosby, while Jason Howells has a Grade C charge of entering the field of play. Joe Bullock must answer a lower-level Grade A fighting offence charge.

Rochdale won the game 42-12, but it was overshadowed by the five red cards that were shown. All players have until 10am on Tuesday to submit an early guilty plea.

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