Rohan Smith has his say on Harry Newman’s yellow card

The Rhinos no doubt felt hard done by at the start of the second half today.

They led 8-6 early in the game but missed chances to go further ahead through Nene MacDonald and Harry Newman.

Then the Dragons took a 10-8 lead in what was a terrific game.

But then Catalans added to their lead with a try through Mitchell Pearce. However, Leeds fans and players alike felt it was a double movement from the Dragons halfback who appeared to have been stopped short of the line.

Their frustrations were exacerbated when a Zane Tetevano try was disallowed for a forward pass and things only got worse.

The Dragons took a 22-8 lead into the break when they gave away a six again to set their defence and try and force a goal line drop out but as Rhyse Martin was swarmed he tried to offload and the French side scored.

Six agains were infuriating Leeds at the start of the second half or the lack there of as the Dragons slowed down their ruck.

So when Harry Newman was penalised for interference in the ruck he wasn’t happy and let Liam Moore know and was subsequently penalised for dissent and sin binned.

In his absence, Leeds actually got better scoring twice to close the gap down to six points against the Dragons.

Newman would come on and his second try, Leeds’ seventh, sealed a famous win for the Rhinos though even that showed how Newman plays with high emotion as he celebrated the try before grounding it.

After the game, Leeds boss Rohan Smith spoke about Newman and managing emotion:

“The talent is there, the challenge is to find an all round game week on week.

“He has all the tools it is about application now.

“Every player needs to learn how to manage emotion. That is a critical part to being a high performer.

“It is not just talent, as a percentage I don’t know where it would be but management of emotion gives the talent a chance.”

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