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Ex-official thinks missed moment could be punished with a Grade C ban

Leeds Rhinos’ win over Catalans Dragons was eventful to say the least especially for the officials who had some huge calls to make.

Video referee Marcus Griffiths correctly determined the decisions for big calls such as Nene MacDonald’s no try in the first half, Catalans Dragons’ controversial fourth try just before the break after a six again call and Derrell Olpherts tip-toe run down the sideline for Leeds’ fifth try of the game.

He also was forced to make a big decision on Mitchell Pearce’s potential double movement for Catalans’ third try, it was a decision that either way would have been criticised.

Meanwhile, Liam Moore did a terrific job in the middle of the field in a game that could have boiled over at points such as when Harry Newman was sin binned.

However, there was one moment that some fans have picked out that went unnoticed.

As Leeds broke away for the final try of the game which clinched the win for the Rhinos with Richie Myler feeding Newman, after Myler passed the ball he was caught late and possibly high by Tom Davies.

On social media Leeds fans were up in arms as they called for a three to four game ban for the incident.

However, former referee Ian Smith said that it was likely a Grade C late hit meaning it would be punished with a ban but not a substantial one:

Smith also gave his verdict on Harry Newman’s yellow card saying he thinks it is unlikely that he will receive a ban unlike he did last season for a similar incident against St Helens:

“Yeah sin bin sufficient unless the refs report states that he said something more sinister which he probably didn’t otherwise it would have been a red.”

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