The play-offs are always full of stories and last night was no different.
The Rhinos downed Catalans in France despite missing the likes of David Fusitu’a, Harry Newman, Ash Handley and Rhyse Martin.
Liam Sutcliffe scored a superb hat-trick as Zak Hardaker had a flawless night with the boot kicking four from four as the Rhinos won 20-10 to progress to next weekend’s semi-finals where either St Helens or Wigan await Rohan Smith’s side.
However, there were plenty of more controversial stories coming out of last night’s game, including the four cards shown to Catalans.
After the game the Leeds boss had his say on those moments: “I don’t watch the replays of stuff like that, it’s not in my control. I did watch to see what Aidan had done in the tackle and he’d done nothing.
“Again on some of those high tackles, I just don’t see them as sin bin offences, but that’s just me.”
Another disappointing story was the fact spectators threw things onto the pitch at official James Child, Sky Sports pundits and even the Rhinos team themselves.
Smith said that this was “disappointing” to see and took the opportunity to praise the official James Child: “Disappointing. That was a good tough contest in a sudden death game. I think the referee adjudicated things strongly in the second half. There were some 50 50 calls that went either way in the second half and when the crowd was roaring he just kept refereeing the game as intended which was great to see.
“But disappointing to see the referee have things thrown at him and our players to be treated like that is disappointing, no actual harm done.”
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