Phil Clarke has say on crucial St Helens yellow card

Last night St Helens were reduced to 12 men on three separate occasions.

The first came when Sione Mata’utia was sin binned for a late hit and the second was a similar incident from Curtis Sironen.

Then a third late hit which this time hit Richie Myler’s chin saw Konrad Hurrell receive a red card.

Speaking after the game, Sky Sports pundit Phil Clarke gave his verdict on the second card of the game with Sironen sent off for 10 minutes in the second half of the game just before Leeds crossed through Cameron Smith after a lovely offload from Sam Walters.

Clarke said that Saints could have no complaints about the decision.

He said: “Again a late challenge, there is no alternative.

“It is the right decision, there is no doubt about that. St Helens fans are unhappy but there was no doubt about that.

“They started to lose their composure which is very unlike them with their last four seasons of dominance.”

Clarke also slammed Hurrell and his actions after his red card:

“Saints pride themselves on being aggressive, but you have to have compuser with that. We have seen it with Sironen, Mata’utia and then with Hurrell.

“It is a red, he’s made direct contact with the head and he was late.”

He also slammed his conduct after receiving the red card:

“He has no excuse, it was a red card. His conduct afterwards might be criticised. Kicking a water bottle onto the pitch. It’s not the sort of behaviour they want to promote here.”

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