Ex official points out “hip drop tackle” as Leeds battle St Helens

Last night Leeds Rhinos looked like they were set to without any substitutes in their Grand Final rematch against St Helens when Tom Holroyd became the fourth Leeds player to pick up what appeared to be serious injury from the game.

The first player injured for the Rhinos was halfback Aidan Sezer who picked up a groin injury inside the first five minutes of the game as he probed for a gap behind Konrad Hurrell and Jonny Lomax.

Next was star man Harry Newman who Sky Sports have reported has suffered another hamstring injury after three in 2022.

Mere minutes after that Morgan Gannon, like Newman before him, was helped from the field with a leg injury.

In the second half Leeds already had a strange looking side.

Corey Johnson and Richie Myler made up the halves James McDonnell was at centre and Sam Walters was in the backrow as Leeds did it tough.

Then making matters worse Tom Holroyd was the latest player to limp off the field.

His leg appeared to get trapped in the tackle, he got up to play the ball, dropped it and then fell to the floor in agony as he clutched at his hamstring which was perhaps over extended in the tackle.

Fortunately Holroyd was able to return with the injury been chalked up to cramp.

However, former Super League official Ian Smith suggested that the tackle fit part of the definition of a hip drop tackle on social media.

When asked, on Twitter, Smith said:

“It is a hip drop in the sense that his feet leave the ground to try to bring him to the floor, it doesn’t cause any injury as it was cramp that he goes off for. I wouldn’t wear orange boots if I am trying that type of tackle tech these days.”