Derek Beaumont calls out Super League players for exploiting rule

This week, after defeating Wigan Warriors and St Helens, Hull KR and Leigh Leopards will descend on Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final and you can’t help but think both clubs deserve it.

The Robins are looking for a first Challenge Cup Final win since 1980 and are hoping to right the wrongs of their record breaking defeat to Leeds Rhinos in 2015.

Leigh’s wait has gone on since 1971 and it would be a fairytale for owner Derek Beaumont and ahead of the final Beaumont appeared on the Bench podcast.

During which he was asked about things he would like changed in Super League and as he addressed the Six Again rule he called players out for exploiting it.

“What I want to see on the bench is, I want to see six agains on play one and play two become penalties because people do it on a purpose,” Beaumont said.

“And it buys players time, they lose nothing and gain everything. For me that is a big thing.”

When asked what he wants more of, Beaumont named John Asiata:

“I want to see more John Asiata’s out there. I honestly do. I think the person he puts in danger in those tackles is himself. I think he’s a great player, he’s a great human being.

“I think he’s just someone that has a whatever-it-takes approach; so if he’s absolutely gassed out because everyone’s running him, and they do, he’ll just put his head there, he’ll put anything there , he’s got that mentality. I just think we need more players are like that.

“I’ve never singled out a player as our number one player. I think if I’m a coach coaching against our team, he’s our number one player. I think he’s the one you’ve got to take out of the game. A lot comes around him.”

The Final takes place on Saturday at Wembley as part of a triple header.

The action starts with Leeds Rhinos and St Helens meeting each other for a second consecutive final whilst the action concludes with a meeting between Halifax Panthers and Batley Bulldogs in the 1895 Cup Final.