Phil Clarke has his say on Sam Walters “shoulder charge”

One of the big talking points from last night’s game centred around the decision to not penalise Sam Walters after what some people felt was a shoulder charge on Matty Lees.

Instead Leeds were awarded a penalty for Jack Welsby running in.

After the game, Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke said he thought it was a penalty but criticised Jack Welsby’s reaction.

He said: “I thought it was a shoulder charge and probably should have been a penalty. But Jack Welsby got involved and it was completely unnecessary for him to do so.

“I don’t know why? It was like they had never played in a big game or a Grand Final before.”

This all came as he felt Saints were overly aggressive throughout the whole game and lacked the composure they usually have.

He said: “Jet leg is a funny thing and it can do funny things to some people and it seems to have made St Helens overly aggressive. I don’t know if that’s down to being emotional or tired.”

This came after he slammed Sione Mata’utia for being overly aggressive when he was sin binned for a late hit on Aidan Sezer.

He said that Sezer could have been “very seriously injured” by the incident as he suggested Mata’utia could have been red carded for the incident.

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