St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook has been left stunned by Sky Sports’ decision to ignore the Saints-Wigan derby.
It’s the first time in Super League history that a match between the bitter rivals has not been televised.
Instead the sport’s main broadcaster will show the relegation showdown between Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR at Headingley.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Holbrook says that other sports, such as football, would not shun a game between two of the competition’s biggest teams.
“If there was two rounds to go then I’d probably agree with it,” said Holbrook.
“And it is back to the old days where you’ve got to come to the stadium to watch the game, so for the players hopefully it sells out.
“But not being on Sky – I can’t imagine football not showing Man City versus Man United over Burnley and Cardiff with seven games still to go.”
His counterpart Adrian Lam, whose side are on a five-match winning run, agreed saying that the sport should be promoted by showing the best games.
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