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Sam Tomkins shockingly claims Super League star shouldn’t be banned

Sam Tomkins as a staff member of Catalans Dragons, at Plough Lane, Wimbledon

Arguably the biggest on field talking point of the weekend came as the Leigh Leopards lost to St Helens with John Asiata sin binned after just 41 seconds which had the likes of Sam Tomkins and co discussing the incident.

Asiata was heavily criticised in 2023 after his tackle technique in the Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens led to major injuries for Alex Walmsley and Agnatius Paasi.

He escaped punishment at the time due to the rules but those rules have since been changed but despite this 41 seconds into his first game against St Helens, Asiata produced a similar tackle and was sin binned.

However, this tackle was slightly different so much so that it could be argued that the wrong decision was made.

Brian Carney on Sky Sports explained the indicators around the situation. He said: “Some of the indicators, gentlemen, are off the feet at the point of contact, fail to attempt to wrap their arms, make contact with the legs of the ball carrier on or below the knee, put their own head in front of the ball carrier, and another one is looking down on the ground.

“I would say, looking at John Asiata’s tackle, I would say he’s probably guilty only of looking at the ground. All the others, he tries to wrap, he doesn’t get his head in front of the tackler, he makes contact above the leg, it’s probably clear.”

Leigh Leopards star shouldn’t be banned say Sam Tomkins

Also speaking after the game, Sam Tomkins said that he didn’t think Asiata deserves a ban for the incident.

Sam Tomkins added: “Yeah, I think he’s safe. I don’t think there’ll be much to come from it. The fact that it’s him and the tackle looks so similar to what he’d done last year, but there is some difference in it.

“The fact that his right arm’s trying to wrap around him first is important.”

Of course, it will likely matter little due to the fact Asiata has suffered a torn calf from the game and will miss a number of games including the game against Leeds Rhinos next week alongside former Leeds Rhinos star Tom Briscoe.

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  1. Eric Johnson

    March 4, 2024 at 12:08 pm

    If he did get a ban, it should start from when he is fit, never mind A team games and injury time. Ask for Tomkins, he’s a constant moaner, ( when he was playing ) if he got injured by Asiata, he would scream like a bashi

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