St Helens have lost three of their last four games as they continue to struggle to find the consistency we are accustomed to seeing from the Super League and World Champions.
In four of their five defeats this season they have spent at least 10 minutes down to 12 men and that was true of their defeat to Catalans Dragons on Friday as they threw away a 12-0 lead to lose 24-12.
This time it was Konrad Hurrell, who was sent off in the defeat to his former club Leeds Rhinos in Round Three, who was shown a yellow card.
It was shown for dissent as he swore at official Liam Moore as could be heard from the referee on Sky’s coverage of the game.
Speaking of Sky, Barrie McDermott questioned the discipline of the Champions in 2023:
“It looks like back chat and a sin bin as consequence. How many times in 2023 have we talked about a lack of discipline in the St Helens ranks?”
Meanwhile, Stuart Pyke underlined that you simply cannot swear at an official:
“You can hear Liam Moore say very clearly ‘he just swore at me.’ You cannot do that and that is just poor, poor discipline and ill-discipline from Konrad Hurrell.
“You can’t swear at the referee.”
Though McDermott seemed to have sympathy over the initial penalty for a hit on Adam Keighran:
“It is the slightest of touches, Jonny Lomax collides with Adam Keighran.”