Leeds Rhinos took on the Salford Red Devils yesterday in a result that would have massive repercussions in the race for the Super League play-offs.
The Rhinos eventually ran out 34-14 winners at Headingley with the likes of Rhyse Martin and Harry Newman enjoying a field day after Salford had threatened a comeback with the likes of Tim Lafai and halfback Brodie Croft in rampant form.
However, Salford head coach Paul Rowley was unhappy with a decision that he felt never came after Croft lost the ball in the middle of the pitch.
Croft stepped Leeds’ Aidan Sezer with the Rhinos halfback appearing to trip the Red Devils star after being wrongfooted.
Referee Ben Thaler called a knock on despite the trip being widely obvious to those viewing the game with the Rhinos then scoring from the next set and Rowley was unhappy.
“I think we got some real tough calls. The trip – Leeds should be down to 12 men and they’re not and I don’t get how cannot see that,” Rowley said after the game.
“The first two six agains against on the second half were back to six, back to six, sin bin. I think that was a bit the occasion getting the better of everybody and it became a Leeds party at the end of it but the best team won in my opinion.”
Sezer has been subsequently charged with a Grade C Intentional Trip from that game, meaning he will be banned for two matches.
Here is the footage:
Surely a deliberate trip should be spotted by 1 of the 3 officials
Big call as its a clean break and Deon could have been under the posts pic.twitter.com/i8NbtzpHPH
— pete (@Petejohnston49) August 7, 2022
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That Leeds win proved enough to leapfrog their opponents into the top six with Rohan Smith’s men just a point behind Castleford Tigers now in fifth place after the latter lost to St Helens on Sunday afternoon.
Castleford’s loss was broadcast live on Channel 4 with that being the first game covered by the television channel for over a month.