Rohan Smith says fans “will never understand” the Harry Newman moment

With just minutes remaining Leeds Rhinos had a chance to keep their Challenge Cup dreams alive against Wigan Warriors.

They were trailing 18-14 late on in the game against holders Wigan Warriors but Leeds could still pinch it and looked like they might do when Harry Newman carved open the Warriors. Like he did in the first half, Newman elected to throw the dummy despite having Richie Myler in support he was tackled and that was Leeds’ last real chance.

Harry Newman is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and most excited players in Super League but perhaps he lets his emotions get the better of him some times. It is well documented that the centre had a bust up with Tom Holroyd recently and today he and Richie Myler had a bit of an argument after he didn’t pass to the fullback. It poses Rohan Smith with an interesting conundrum as he manages an undoubtedly world class star.

Speaking after the game, Smith said it was execution that let his side down: “It was execution. There were a lot of big moments that could have swung the game and if we score that try at the end Wigan probably feel the way we do right now.”

Asked if Newman was too selfish, Smith said: “I don’t think he was. He was trying to cone up with the right thing. Bevan French has taken intercepts in those situations before or disrupted them in the past.

“It is all happening in that moment, so you never really understand it unless you are out there so most of us will never understand,” he said on BBC.

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