Rohan Smith describes yellow cards as unnecessary after Leeds Rhinos’ win over Huddersfield Giants

The colour of last night was indeed yellow.

Leeds were wearing their yellow kit to raise more funds to battle Motor Neurone Disease in the name of Rob Burrow but both sides saw a little more of the colour than they’d have liked with the story of the game following yellow cards like chapter titles in a book.

The first was of course shown to Blake Austin of the Leeds Rhinos and in his absence the Rhinos surrendered their lead as Louis Senior scored. His re-introduction coincided with Richie Myler’s try which gave the Rhinos the lead again but his halfback partner was soon shown a yellow himself when Aidan Sezer was deemed to have hit Theo Fages late as he created Huddersfield’s equalising try through Leroy Cudjoe.

Though Leeds survived that spell of 10 minutes, the Rhinos slipped behind to a penalty and could look at the energy spent during those spells as the reason for their impending defeat until Chris Hill was shown a yellow card himself in what was the turning point that gave Leeds the position for the winning try and after that Joe Greenwood completed the quartet for putting Brad Dwyer into a dangerous position.

After the game, Rohan Smith questioned the yellow cards not just from his side but all four believing them to be unnecessary: “I’m relatively new here, I’m not sure what’s acceptable as far as comments go that get adjudicated by other people.

“I’m not a big fan of people being sin binned in general. If it’s a clear cut obvious case then yeah but I wouldn’t have seen any of the sin bins tonight were necessary but I’m sure that the powers at be will give me a call if they’re interested in my opinion.”

He also had his say on the controversial incident involving Chris Hill which many felt was actually the fault of Richie Myler.

Smith however believed the penalty for Leeds would’ve been sufficient: “Looked like it should’ve been a penalty. That would have been fine I reckon.”

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