Tonight’s clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos may have been decided by a Blake Austin drop goal but there were some key decisions which led up to it including former Rhino Konrad Hurrell’s red card.
The centre was sent off for a late hit on Richie Myler and for making contact with the head.
It led to the position that Austin would kick his drop goal from and Myler was key in causing the havoc that led to the try.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Jon Wilkin said Myler “is not daft” suggesting that he stayed down purposefully to spotlight the impact from Hurrell which had him sent off.
It may evoke memories of an incident where Myler was accused of doing something similar last season against Huddersfield Giants.
Wilkin said: “Richie Myler is not daft but if he has been hit late, Konrad Hurrell has hit him in the chin but that’s the kind of thing that goes unnoticed, that is something that doesn’t get picked up if you stay down.
“If you stay down, in the game of rugby league unfortunately that gets scrutinised.
“Konrad Hurrell has dropped his levels and put a shot on Richie Myler and just catches Richie Myler on the chin.
“He knows that if he stays down it will get looked at, if knows that if he stays down it will be looked at.”
Wilkin then compared the moment to the Sam Walters tackle on Matty Lees which wasn’t penalised.
“I mean in contrast to the Walters challenge.
“Sam Walters stays on for a shoulder charge, Konrad Hurrell is off for a late challenge, it is massive. It is a massive call.”
But then again, Wilkin would wear a Saints jersey on air if he could get away with it!
Yes Rob but he is absolutely right