Sky Sports pundits slam Sam Tomkins following controversial incident in Leeds Rhinos play-off clash

Catalans Dragons took on Leeds Rhinos at the Stade Gilbert Brutus last night in what was an ill-tempered play-off game.

Throughout the fixture there were flashes of ill-discipline with Catalans ending up with four cards including one red to prop Gil Dudson.

However, there were also instances of ‘play-acting’ once more with Sky Sports pundits Jon Wells and Barrie McDermott calling out Sam Tomkins for one particular incident.

Leeds’ Matt Prior got up to play the ball with his head contacting Tomkins’ who then fell to the floor, looking for a penalty – and it’s fair to say that neither Wells nor McDermott were impressed.

“He knows what he is doing there, I don’t like seeing that,” Wells said.

“That’s not what our game is about, players like that are spoiling rugby league, spoiling the spectacle and the players playing it,” fellow Sky Sports pundit Barrie McDermott said.

There were also a few more instances of play-acting with both Wells and McDermott referencing Sam Kasiano going down clutching his face after being hit by a strong Kruise Leeming tackle whilst Blake Austin did the same.

“He’s complaining about anything and everything he can to get a penalty,” Wells said of Kasiano.

“There’s no contact with the head. Blake Austin did the same thing three tackles previously. Get on with it boys,” McDermott added.

That kind of play-acting is making it incredibly difficult for referees to know what is genuine and what isn’t and it is definitely something that needs to be looked at at the end of the season.

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