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Paul Rowley speaks out on disallowed Salford try after Marc Sneyd purposely misses penalty kick

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Salford Red Devils beat St Helens earlier today 20-18 to complete the double over the Red Vee for the first time since 1980, however, it could have been a lot easier if the club hadn’t had a try disallowed in the first half with even Paul Rowley now admitting he was unaware of the rules.

A first-half brace from Deon Cross before second-half scores from Kallum Watkins and Chris Hankinson saw Salford beat Paul Wellens’ side in a classic at the Salford Stadium.

Once again, it was Marc Sneyd pulling the strings with his assist for Cross’ second score being one of the best assists you’ll see in Super League all season as he sold Jon Bennison with his eyes before deftly kicking from the outside of the boot to his winger.

Sneyd was involved in another key moment in the first half as well as he tried to ‘con’ referee Jack Smith according to commentator Stuart Pyke by deliberately missing a penalty kick to switch the ball cross-field into the arms of the advancing Chris Atkin for a try.

Jack Smith quickly ruled the score out as he explained that Sneyd had to make a genuine attempt at the sticks, refusing to believe that a kicker of his pedigree would pull the ball 25 yards wide right and short. Footage can be seen here.

Paul Rowley has now given his opinion on the incident, admitting that he was actually unaware of the rules.

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“Need to brush up on the rule books” – Paul Rowley reacts to sneaky Marc Sneyd

After the historic win, Paul Rowley spoke to BBC Manchester and admitted that even though it was correctly ruled out, he didn’t know the rules and asked if there should be a higher burden of proof.

He admitted: “Well, I didn’t know the rule so I need to brush up on the rule books. Page 306, 2B or something is it?

“I think you’ve got to prove that he’s not gone for goal for a start. So we’ll have a look at that but it’s always good to learn, isn’t it? I think next time if he aims for the post, he’ll probably hit it and then it’s really hard to prove.”

Given the calibre of Sneyd’s kicking, the Salford man operating at a 91% success rate prior to today, it was a very obvious deliberate missed attempt but Paul Rowley loved the ingenuity of it, bold plays being a trademark of his Salford side.

He confused: “I love the fact that they did it because I saw it and they did it without any communication so I love the fact that they did it but obviously we’d rather have the two.”

It wouldn’t go on to matter as the Red Devils scored two second-half tries with Chris Hankinson’s late score being converted by Sneyd to win it as Rowley’s side moved into fourth and ahead of Warrington Wolves. They’re now just two points behind St Helens and look in a very strong position heading into the international break.

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