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“Karma” – St Helens fans revel in Super League star’s injury

Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont with Super League Dream Team member John Asiata

St Helens defeated Leigh Leopards in Round Three of the Betfred Super League on Friday night.

One of the big talking points was John Asiata‘s sin binning just 40 seconds into the game as he produced a similar tackle to the ones that injured St Helens players last year and led to an impassioned statement from Wellens, a fine for the Saints boss but ultimately a change of rules from the RFL which outlawed such tackles.

On this, St Helens Head Coach Paul Wellens said to Sky Sports: “I don’t want to get too caught up in it to be honest. Obviously the directive has gone out to all the clubs around, you know, that type of tackle. I don’t want to say too much on it, he’s left the field tonight, he’s on crutches over there, so we wish him well, hope he returns to full fitness soon.”

St Helens fans claim Asiata injury is karma

St Helens fans revelled in the later injury to their Super League rival who of course injured Alex Walmsley and Agnatius Paasi last year in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

It was believed that both players would miss the rest of the season but Walmsley would return for a late flurry but would miss the internationals for England against Tonga as he returned to recovery. Speaking of recovery, Paasi is still recovering from the three injuries caused by the one tackle from Asiata.

Asiata himself went off injured with what is believed to be a torn calf and only adds to Leigh’s woes after the loss of Edwin Ipape.

Exacerbating matters, former Leeds Rhinos star and current Leigh winger Tom Briscoe suffered the same injury in the game.

He is now set to miss his first game for the club ahead of a meeting against his former side next week with Asiata also set to miss out after picking up the injury in a tackle with Sione Mata’utia who he was ironically sin binned for tackling.

As he limped off, Saints fans cheered and on social media many said “wonderful karma.”

One said, “Got to love karma,” whilst another said, “Karma: Enjoy your injury” and of course the typical “karma’s a bitch” came out.

One fan arguably crossed the line and said “let’s hope it’s a season ending one.”

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  1. Lee

    March 3, 2024 at 5:13 am

    Give over ,it’s a tackle round the legs,the game is going the same way as football where officials and stupid rules are killing it ,for me it’s a good tackle ,why don’t we do away with tackling altogether and play tick and pass ,absolute farce !!!

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