Super League boss defends star after fan criticism

Warrington Wolves are battling the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils for a play-off spot and a win over Hull FC at the weekend was crucial in strengthening their current position.

The Wolves ended a run of eight straight defeats with the win and it was a first under interim boss Gary Chambers.

Chambers is managing the squad and was asked about whether Gil Dudson could feature this weekend.

He was asked about fans not liking him. The question was: “Obviously, if you do choose to rotate, it may obviously bring the possibility of Gil Dudson coming back into the 17. He is someone who comes in for a fair bit of criticism from fans at times but how do you rate what he brings on the field on the training ground around the building etc?”

Chambers said: “I don’t read social media I’m not on it so I don’t get into that the Gil Dudson that I see, and like I said I don’t read it and I don’t listen to what people say I can only go on the games that we’ve played.

“When we played Catalans I think he was a little bit down on his meters but I think that he wasn’t the only one in that game so that I’ve got no issues with him in that.

“In the Leeds game it was more than circumstances he didn’t get as much game time; that was my fault, that was ultimately Paul Vaughan felt better than Danny Walker and we swapped Danny and Daz Clark so it was nothing to do with him.”

Welsh international Dudson missed the World Cup last year through suspension after seeing red in ex club Catalans Dragons’ playoff tie with Leeds Rhinos.

It’s been a mixed first season for the Welshman at the Halliwell Jones Stadium as he’s again been suspended for long periods of this season, seeing red for a punch on Tom Johnstone whilst returning to the Stade Gilbert Brutus to face Catalans.

When involved though the 33 year old has been destructive but the mixture of suspension and injuries, including a broken hand at one point, have limited his playing time to just 15 games.

With fellow prop recruit Paul Vaughan shining it’s been a difficult season for Dudson to make an impact and now he’ll play no further part as Warrington aim to keep hold of their playoff position.