Jon Wilkin left jaw dropped by John Asiata tackle technique

Tomorrow we will see some big games as Warrington Wolves and Hull FC collide, Wigan Warriors head over to Catalans Dragons prior to Sunday where we will see Leeds Rhinos head over to Huddersfield Giants in front of what could be a record crowd for the Giants.

But tonight there are some big games as Castleford Tigers take on Champions St Helens, Wakefield Trinity are at Salford Red Devils and of course the Challenge Cup Final rematch between Hull KR and Leigh Leopards.

In recent weeks, asides from the Challenge Cup, a major talking point around Leigh has been the tackle technique used by John Asiata when he fires his body low at an opponent.

This caused four injuries and ended two seasons against St Helens causing quite a stir but some experts have dismissed the circus around the tackle technique.

Tonight, Asiata chopped down Brad Schneider as he threatened to break with a fired low tackle and Jon Wilkin did not slam the tackle but praised it saying: “Wow! That is some tackle. That is a proper tackle.”

Recently Derek Beaumont spoke about Asiata’s tackle technique.

“The best human being I’ve met in the game is just an absolute quality human being,” he said on the Last Tackle.

“He’s so selfless, so charitable, thinks about others. He’s a great leader with his actions. His actions are always louder than his words, but when he speaks people take notice and he speaks well. He puts his body on the line and he’s so committed.

“He goes out in the community, he coaches one of the local amateur teams and he’s taking the cup this afternoon to Darien House in Chorley, that a lot of rugby people help out and get involved in. I spoke to John for about an hour to convince him to sign for us during the whole COVID situation.

“My views on it is the same my charity stuff is and it was an hour’s talk of a just a real connection and we’ve just got this special connection and he’s a fantastic man who I’ll always be in debt to along with the rest of the players.”

He did admit he doesn’t like Asiata’s tackle technique but explained it only gets dangerous when he is tired: “We don’t like that tackle technique because it puts John at risk as well. He’ll get looked at at the end of the year but I think the reasons he should be talked about are the ones you just talked about.

“So he’s a massive, massive part in what we do with the ball and huge in defence. That was just desperation. People run at him, they target him, tire him out. They got our middles off before half-time.

“The only teams who have done it this year to us since, they’ve worked hard on it. And when he gets tired he’ll do desperate actions, and if he tries a conventional tackle he’ll just put his head there and that’s what he did and if he tries a conventional tackle he’ll pass his scores and we don’t know to handle it.”