RFL give verdict on St Helens tackle slammed as “illegal” by Australians

After being crowned World Champions on Saturday, there is more good news for St Helens with the RFL confirming that there no offences committed by their players within the game, and the NRL concurring, meaning there will be no bans arising from the World Club Challenge.

This is a boost ahead of their trip to Castleford Tigers, difficult after such a high down under already, in which Tommy Makinson will be absent after failing a Head Injury Assessment and Joe Batchelor will also miss out after an ankle injury.

There may have been some concerns from St Helens fans over Agnatius Paasi’s availablity after his involvement in a tackle on Taylan May led to an ACL injury which has ended May’s season before it has started.

Penrith fans are infuriated by the tackle describing it as “illegal” whilst one fan called for a “1o week ban.”

However, the prop is cleared to play.

Nonetheless, here is a snippet of the social media backlash to the tackle.

Others were furious that they didn’t even get a penalty.

Things reached an extreme point when one fan called for a 10 week ban.

They also quite rightly pointed out concern over the grey area that is the World Club Challenge and who is in charge of bans from that game.

Many were not happy with former Super League referee Ashley Klein who declined the penalty.

Many fans had been up in arms about the tackle well before this news.

One of those was the always outspoken League Freak who bemoaned that it “happened a few times.”

He said on Twitter: “Illegal tackle. Wasn’t penalise. Happened a few times.”

Others described it as “a bad one.”

Whilst another referenced the tackle that caused Tyrone May to suffer a dislocated hip in the Rugby League World Cup.


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