With just minutes remaining Leeds Rhinos had a chance to keep their Challenge Cup dreams alive against Wigan Warriors.
They were trailing 18-14 late on in the game against holders Wigan Warriors but Leeds could still pinch it and looked like they might do when Harry Newman carved open the Warriors. Like he did in the first half, Newman elected to throw the dummy despite having Richie Myler in support he was tackled and that was Leeds’ last real chance.
Harry Newman is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and most excited players in Super League but perhaps he lets his emotions get the better of him some times. It is well documented that the centre had a bust up with Tom Holroyd recently and today he and Richie Myler had a bit of an argument after he didn’t pass to the fullback. It poses Rohan Smith with an interesting conundrum as he manages an undoubtedly world class star.
Now Newman’s brother Ed has spoken out on social media about the moment.
Speaking on Facebook, Ed explained why Newman didn’t pass the ball:
“As Harry’s Brother I’ll be the first to say Harry should of passed the ball. But it’s easy to say we’d have all done this and done that in that situation.
“Harry was going to pass the ball but changed his mind as French made a movement towards Myler but still able to get to harry.
“Yes if he releases the ball in the end we probably score but also clever defending from French. To see fans saying he lost us the game is laughable.
“The game was lost from the awful second half performance. He could of won the game but he didn’t lose it as Rohan said.”