This weekend’s games caused a lot of controversy for one reason only: the amount of yellow cards that had been dished out.
Referee Chris Kendall sent four players to the sinbin in St Helens’ 36-8 victory over Leeds Rhinos on Friday night, whilst Liam Moore sent Tom Holmes to the bin for a yellow card for a push in the back of a Halifax player in Featherstone Rovers’ demolition of the Panthers yesterday afternoon.
And, it’s safe to say, the rugby league fraternity weren’t very happy.
Castleford Tigers’ Jake Trueman was one of the most outspoken against the yellow card handed to Holmes.
Need to do something about these yellow cards, it’s getting embarrassing now. pic.twitter.com/UIC42qdT1b
— Jake Trueman (@JT6Trueman) October 2, 2021
That sentiment was echoed by the fans themselves.
— Chris Hammond 🍒⚪ (@wally_1911) October 2, 2021
One fan pointed out that the NRL had punished tackles exactly the same until supporters voted with their feet.
NRL starting doing this around 8 weeks into the season. They soon stopped when fans threaten to boycott the sport.
— CRAIG MARTIN (@CRAIGMARTIN16) October 2, 2021
Jackson Hastings also contributed with two emojis that said it all.
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) October 2, 2021
One Salford fan believed that Championship referees should have been given the chance to officiate instead.
Fell a sleep asked my GF what the yellow was for. She said … shouldn't have been a yellow.
This is so clear.
Also, surely there have been brilliant refs during the season in Championship.
Why scrap them all for these big games for "Super League" refs? Not fair on them at all
— SalfordRedDevilsFan 👹🍥 (@fan_salford) October 2, 2021
Another supporter even called such yellow cards as ‘ludicrous.’
Plenty of these yellow cards that are getting dished out presently are ludicrous.
But the referees will say that they are simply abiding by the rules set out by the governing body?
The majority of contact sports are clearly shitting themselves awaiting for future law suit cases
— 🦈 Sharkey 🦈 (@sh4rkster) October 2, 2021
Another also laid the blame at commentators for egging such punishments on.
Doesn’t help that commentators are ‘all for it’ not even sure that’s a penalty.. I get the late forceful hits, fair enough .. but this was barely late and certainly wasn’t a ‘forceful’ hit..
— Rob Kirk (@jimjakjones) October 2, 2021
One believed that rugby league was going too far.
If that’s a yellow card then most games of RL would turn into 7’s
— James Morley (@weirdsoup) October 3, 2021
Former Castleford halfback Cory Aston called to #bringbackthebiff.
— Cory Aston (@coryaston6) October 2, 2021
Some didn’t even see it as a penalty.
Never a yellow or a penalty…
— David Smee (@DavidSmee3) October 2, 2021
Nah that's not even a penalty.
— George Horner (@ruueinn) October 2, 2021
Where was the penalty? Jokers
— Calum Wilcock (@CalumWilcock) October 2, 2021