Rohan Smith, though proud, was naturally gutted after his Leeds Rhinos side came up short against St Helens on Friday night.
Speaking after the game, Smith felt things went against his side.
Of course the three injuries early didn’t help nor did James McDonnell’s red card but Smith suggested that a rule disappeared during the game.
He said: “Asking a coach if it’s hard losing, you know, every game is brutal to lose. Yeah, you can look at things different ways and, you know, try and reframe the situation.
“St Helens are playing against a team that’s lost three players in the first, whatever that was, 20, 30 minutes.
“You know, I’m not sure what the penalty count was, the set restarts disappeared again. You know all of that stuff that was going against or hard to to turn against, we certainly could have a lot of other teams would have been in a worse position than that and to go down at the back end of golden point.”
Because of this, despite the defeat, Smith was incredibly proud: “You know I couldn’t be prouder of the way that they applied themselves and you know, it’s spoke to them Before the game is going to take a lot to get a result tonight.”