Paul Rowley slams the Six Again rule after defeat to Warrington Wolves

Paul Rowley has said he feels sorry for his team after they lost 36-20 to Warrington Wolves despite leading 20-6 at the break.

Salford Red Devils conceded two eight-point tries which were perhaps harsh in the second half and had a player sin binned in the shape of Ryan Brierley.

However, it was the Six Agains that frustrated Rowley as he said he hated the rule on Sky Sports after the game:

“Yeah I feel really sorry for the players, I am very proud of them. They left everything out there. We completed high in the first half and in the second half.

“I think we made seven or eight breaks and never got a set restart. It is the bane of my life is the six again rule. I hate it.

“It killed us today. Territory and possession went in their favour with set restarts and penalties. Sheer weight of numbers and against a top team we were going to frack.

“It has an ugly luck to it in the end but the fatigue got to us.”

When asked if he felt his players got complacent, he said:

“Absolutely not, it is always your game to lose certainly when in a commanding position like that. We made three breaks in the first four minutes. We were good and we would have been in the second half had we had the ball.

“It is a tough one to take.”

The yellow card came up but Rowley emphasised his focus on the set restarts:

“I think it was a tough one. There were a lot of restarts and penalties. When you make so many line breaks and don’t get one. It is an ambiguous rule, I don’t like it not just for today.

“My overriding emotion is that I am proud of the lads.

“We are working in the right direction.”

He was then asked if he will talk to the RFL about the Six Again rule.

He said: “No absolutely not.”

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