THE RFL has launched an investigation into the brawl that left Keighley Cougars player Emmerson Whittel with a fractured jaw during their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie with Castleford amateurs Fryston.
League 1 club Keighley have also asked the governing body to study an alleged bite on the ear of one of their other players and are further “outraged” by the manner in which Fryston hosted them at Featherstone Rovers’ Post Office Road ground.
Cougars eventually won a closely-fought tie 50-32 to make it into Tuesday’s draw but they released the following statement.
“The club has today received official confirmation from the RFL that an investigation is taking place into the brawl that marred an otherwise enthralling cup tie.
“Emmerson Whittel sustained a broken jaw and we believe as a club that the way he was man-handled by numerous Fryston players is not in the spirit of the game.
“The club have also requested that the ear bite on Josh Lynam is reviewed thoroughly by the RFL.
“Finally, the club have also lodged a formal complaint in regards to the manner our players and staff were treated upon arrival.
“Both the 19 man squad and members of the backroom staff were refused entry to the ground without a valid matchday ticket.
“The players allocation of family and friends tickets was then claimed to have been used to admit the playing squad to the ground.
“The club is outraged by this development and will now not make any further statements as we await a full report from the RFL.”
Fryston held their league opponents 16-16 at half-time, before the Cougars clinched victory.
Fryston’s tries came from Wayne McHugh (2), Andy Matthews, Steve Scott, Sean Gee and Jack Lee, Andy Speake booting three goals and Aaron Dobek adding a drop goal.
Two tries from Sean Kelly saw Keighley on their way to victory, with other tries from James Feather, Josh Tonks, Danny Lawton, Adam Ryder, Brendon Rawlins, Andy Gabriel and Ritchie Hawkyard. Matty Beharrell added seven goals.
Fellow amateurs West Hull also came close to causing a Cup upset, letting a 12-10 interval lead slip as Whitehaven won 18-16.
on Sunday, York City Knights thrashed Egremont Rangers 48-8, Hunslet beat Coventry Bears 34-0, while Doncaster outed Myton Warriors 34-6.