NRL star apologises to referee after outburst

Recently outbursts at officials has been a topic in Super League.

Two weeks ago, Harry Newman of the Leeds Rhinos was charged for an altercation with referee Tom Grant as the Rhinos were beaten 42-12 by St Helens.

There were indeed some controversial decisions but for the most part Leeds were their own worst enemy especially in the manner in which they received three cards to Bodene Thompson, James Bentley and Zane Tetevano whose reckless shoulder charge on Konrad Hurrell was not pretty to watch.

Newman was given a two match ban for what he said to the official but he and the Rhinos decided to appeal the ban.

This was subsequently disregarded as a ‘frivolous appeal’ with the RFL adding on an extra game to his suspension meaning he will also miss Leeds’ trip to France to take on Toulouse.

It was a bitter blow for the centre who has only made three appearances all season due to long term injuries and now he’s back on the sidelines again.

Newman’s father was not best pleased with the incident taking to social media to vent his frustrations saying that maybe Newman made the wrong decision in staying at Leeds and should have taken up an opportunity in rugby union or indeed the NRL.

Ironically speaking of the NRL, there has been a similar incident. Melbourne Storm hooker Brandon Smith was sent to the sin bin in Thursday’s clash with Cronulla for verbal dissent to referee Adam Gee as his frustrations at trailing 20-0 got the better of him.

The Storm would go onto lose 28-26 but Smith would seek Gee out after the game to apologise for the outburst.

He said after the game: “It was me just getting frustrated, I lost my temper and it’s very disappointing on my behalf.”

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