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Star player says “there is something seriously wrong” with Super League pitch

Former NRL champion Mitchell Pearce playing for Catalans Dragons

So much has been made about Wakefield Trinity’s pitch.

It all stems from the Round One game against Catalans Dragons after which Steve McNamara said:

“It was a pretty tough game on a pitch that took skin of your legs. The boys there, their legs are red raw. It’s an issue. It’s an issue for Wakefield moving forward for their players. I haven’t seen anything like that before in terms of the blisters and blood that’s in there off that field there.”

When asked if he was a fan, he said: “No I’m not a fan, not if that’s the outcome. If the outcome is that, then definitely. It’s going to create issues I’m sure. We haven’t got to play on it again but they have to play on it every other week.

“I didn’t quite realise it was like that before we came. We’d seen pictures but it’s an issue.”

He then stated: “That’s the worst dressing room I’ve seen for skin taken off legs without a doubt.”

After that there was a big question mark over the pitch and inspections before their games against Huddersfield Giants and Hull KR.

It was perhaps taken to the extreme and their game against Leigh Leopards needed no such check and Mark Applegarth said that once the pitch settled it would be the best in Super League.

However, Catalans star Mitchell Pearce has said that there is “something seriously wrong” with the pitch saying that some players are still carrying cuts from that game.

He said on the Bench podcast: “There’s some rough fields out there, they could fix up that Wakefield field ASAP. There’s something seriously wrong with it, after the game some of the boys have still got scabs on their legs and it was about 10 weeks ago.”

However, it seems that in the time since that game the pitch has settled and is no longer a problem.

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