Rohan Smith unhappy with “unpredictable” rule as he looks to “crucial moments” and “stoppages” in Leeds Rhinos’ defeat to St Helens

Leeds Rhinos have been on one hell of a journey in 2022.

In April, it looked like they were in danger of getting relegated as they battled at the bottom with just one win to their name.

However, following Rohan Smith’s appointment, the Rhinos went from strength to strength making it all the way to the Grand Final.

It wasn’t to be at Old Trafford last night however and for Smith it was a case of the “crucial moments” going the way of St Helens.

He looked at Konrad Hurrell’s try at the start of the second half, a play Leeds seemed to have covered in his opinion, as well as a kick to Tom Briscoe at 6-0 that seemed set to level the scores. He also noted the stoppages in the game.

“There were a bunch of crucial moments, we almost had that play [Hurrell’s try] covered but didn’t quite,” Smith said, “That swung things significantly in their favour even the kick where Blake Austin kicked the ball to Briscoe early in the game and he blew up.

“I thought there were lots of stoppages none more so than the lengthy stoppage for the referee equipment to get sorted out.”

He did stress that he felt Liam Moore is a good official but noted that overall he believes that the offside penalty is “unpredictable” and “inconsistent” in the way its officiated in Super League again looking at that kick to Briscoe.

“I’m certainly not here to complain about the referee, he’s a good referee,” Smith said of Moore, “But I have noted a lot that the use of offside penalties is extremely unpredictable and extremely inconsistent. You can be offside and tackle someone and not get penalised and be on the other side and get penalised.

“You just let the play unfold a bit we clearly didn’t want a penalty then.”

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