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McDermott wants consistency with referees

Toronto Wolfpack Head Coach Brian McDermott has said he wants consistency on decisions after Bodene Thompson was sent off against St Helens.

Thompson was sent off after a shoulder charge which made contact with the head of the St Helens player.

The Toronto Head Coach compared it to the tackle that saw Ben Murdoch-Masila sent to the sin bin during Warrington’s 36-0 defeat at Leeds on Friday.

He said: “I watched Murdoch-Masila give someone whiplash last night, and absolutely makes contact with the head, and doesn’t miss at all, and the guy gets ten minutes.

“Then I’m seeing a completely less version tonight where we have two blokes involved in tackling one of their men. The whole momentum is going towards Bodene, and Bodene shoulder charges the whole melee of bodies.

Bodene Thompson was sent off, leaving Toronto with 12 men for the final 10 minutes. Credit: News Images

“But as the guy’s falling, his lower arm makes contact with his head, it does. So I cant argue with the referee in that regard.

“But Bodene doesn’t raise his arm, its not a reaction thing, or a careless thing. He’s shoving his body into a tackle, and part of his body makes contact with the guys head.

“I think it was a really harsh, unrealistic send off. But if the guy wants to bring out the rulebook and say any contact with the head needs a send off, I cant argue with that.

“But then, if you take a step back and think what’s the ruling on this, I think its inconsistent.”

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