Jon Wilkin suggests the game has gone soft

There is a lot going on in Super League as Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC and Hull KR fight for play-off spots, Wigan Warriors, Leigh Leopards and St Helens jostle in the top four and Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity fight for survival.

But there are some ever present talking points it would seem in Super League such as if the game is getting soft.

Now in many ways this is a necessary evil. As we can see with the RFL lawsuit, it is vitally important the sport clamps down on dangerous offences.

However, Jon Wilkin was dismayed by some decisions on Friday such as when Edwin Ipape was penalised for a tackle that was seen as a tip a tackle.

Wilkin said: “That’s not a penalty. He hasn’t been lifted over the horizontal.

“I think a lot of the time you will see the fall being caused by the attacker as they look to find the floor.”

He also wasn’t impressed by Elliot Minchella’s reaction to a late hit.

Wilkin said: “We need to get a grip here. Elliot Minchella feeling aggrieved about the yellow card at Wembley makes the most of that.

“I’ve been on the receiving end of a hit like that and you only go down like that if you’re seriously hurt.”

This came on a great night for Hull KR who laid down a real marker early on who caused an awful lot of damage with some top notch rugby league from a much more balanced Hull KR side.

After a really strong start, Hull KR probed the line and as Brad Schneider moved across the pitch before a short ball and a great angled run allowed Shaun Kenny-Dowall to carve through and score.

After a yellow card against Leigh at Wembley which resulted in a ban, Minchella meant business as he powered over after good work from Matt Parcell.

A great player saw Mikey Lewis generate space and Ryan Hall danced down the touch line before a forward roll over the line saw him touch down.

Jack Walker was having a superb game for the Robins in a rare appearance and he linked up in a sweeping play to feed Louis Senior to score who produced a scruffy finish.

After an error from Tom Briscoe after a high kick, Lewis was on hand to take the bouncing ball and score in the corner.

The Robins then added another try with Ryan Hall devastating down the wing again before feeding the ball back inside for Shaun Kenny-Dowall to score again as the Robins gained revenge for their defeat at Wembley against Leigh in golden point.