Jon Wilkin has big say on “massive calls” that decided St Helens and Leeds clash

Jon Wilkin was left surprised by two decisions in last night’s clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

In the 75th minute, Wilkin felt that the Saints should have had a potentially decisive penalty when Sam Walters hit Matty Lees hard.

However, the penalty went the other way as Chris Kendall ruled that it wasn’t a shoulder charge and penalised Jack Welsby for running in.

Then Konrad Hurrell was sent off for making contact with the head on Richie Myler.

Wilkin questioned the decisions as he compared the two:

“Richie Myler is not daft but if he has been hit late, Konrad Hurrell has hit him in the chin but that’s the kind of thing that goes unnoticed, that is something that doesn’t get picked up if you stay down.

“If you stay down, in the game of rugby league unfortunately that gets scrutinised.

“Konrad Hurrell has dropped his levels and put a shot on Richie Myler and just catches Richie Myler on the chin.

“He knows that if he stays down it will get looked at, if knows that if he stays down it will be looked at.

“I mean in contrast to the Walters challenge.

“Sam Walters stays on for a shoulder charge, Konrad Hurrell is off for a late challenge, it is massive. It is a massive call.

“Big moments, a huge game, massive moments, none bigger than Blake Austin’s drop goal.

“Let’s not get away from the big talking point which was Sam Walters and Konrad Hurrell, those two decisions.”

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