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Ex-Super League star brands Harry Newman as “selfish”

With just minutes remaining Leeds Rhinos had a chance to keep their Challenge Cup dreams alive against Wigan Warriors.

They were trailing 18-14 late on in the game against holders Wigan Warriors but Leeds could still pinch it and looked like they might do when Harry Newman carved open the Warriors. Like he did in the first half, Newman elected to throw the dummy despite having Richie Myler in support he was tackled and that was Leeds’ last real chance.

Harry Newman is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and most excited players in Super League but perhaps he lets his emotions get the better of him some times. It is well documented that the centre had a bust up with Tom Holroyd recently and today he and Richie Myler had a bit of an argument after he didn’t pass to the fullback. It poses Rohan Smith with an interesting conundrum as he manages an undoubtedly world class star.

Now out spoken former Challenge Cup hero against Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 final Paul Cooke has said it was selfish from Newman as he took to Twitter to say:

“2 v 1 Newman should have could the pass first half but got away with it by the skin of his teeth.

“Same scenario with 5 minutes left and he doesn’t get away with it! Can’t be selfish with a simple 2 v 1. Ego versus team for me. And for me it’s always better to assist not score!

“Tom Holroyd, the rest of the Leeds players today, the staff, the board and the thousands of Leeds fans must want to have a scrap with Harry Newman in the tunnel, on the field, anywhere tonight and in the next training session scheduled.”

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