Ian Watson fears milking penalties could result in serious injury after incident in Leeds Rhinos vs Huddersfield Giants clash

Despite what was a brilliant game between two top teams well in the mix for play-off rugby that was decided by a dramatic moment that won’t be forgotten any time soon.

However, the story of the game was sullied by what many felt was a controversial moment involving Richie Myler and Chris Hill.

Myler had been tackled late on and Hill was the man on top of him. An altercation saw Myler put into a dangerous position with Hill blamed receiving a yellow card leading to the match winning try from Blake Austin.

However, many believed the penalty was ‘milked’ by Myler himself which is becoming a common problem in rugby league being brought up by plenty of coaches in the past including Matt Peet as well as last night’s two coaches in previous games.

Well unsurprisingly, Huddersfield coach Ian Watson spoke about it again believing that the players milking the penalties needed to be punished at least retrospectively and fearing that players doing as he believed Myler did could end up seriously injuring himself.

Watson also didn’t exclude his own players from his statement either.

“Penalise the player who’s doing it,” Watson said, “There’s past players on the match review panel and they’ve all seen things where people are trying to win a penalty.

“Danny Levi stays down in the first half and I don’t like that. We’re not here to try and cheat penalties. You look at the Challenge Cup Final when Farrell gets caught and Yates gets a two-match ban for that.

“There’s been more recently. It’s something we’ve got to clean up.

“If something happens and it’s more when they’re diving down on their own head and if that player breaks his neck, the player involved in that tackle has to live with a massive consequence.

“For me Chris Hill did everything right.

“There are situations in the game for doing that, that’s putting yourself into a dangerous position.”

“We shouldn’t be doing it, when one’s doing it then everyone’s doing it and then you get the kids doing it.

“It’s turning into football.”

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