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Super League coach claims referee made “meaningless” decisions to even things out after the game had been lost

Refereeing is a hard job and that is certainly the case in Super League. But like players and coaches they are inevitably going to get criticism. After Castleford Tigers lost to St Helens at the weekend allowing Wakefield Trinity to close the gap in the relegation battle that was true again as Andy Last was left frustrated.

St Helens were beaten by Hull FC more than comfortably last week whilst Castleford stunned Warrington Wolves.

Thus, the Tigers arrived in St Helens with a bit of confidence and certainly gave St Helens food for thought in the first half.

However, the Super League and World Champions took the lead after 20 minutes. A chip over by Lewis Dodd was batted back by Jon Bennison to Sione Mata’utia to score.

Castleford were well in the game at 4-0 but crucially the score didn’t stay that way going into halftime.

From a scrum, Jonny Lomax fed the ball to Jack Welsby who jinked and weaved his way through to make it 10-0 at halftime.

In the second half the Tigers were clearly trying with Jordan Turner chipping over for Jacob Miller but it didn’t pay off and soon they were made to pay when the Saints scored again in the 55th minute.

It was a try for Bennison who received the ball wide and in the rain squeezed in at the corner.

Saints added a fourth try with Mark Percival scoring from a Tigers mistake.

This result, coupled with Wakefield Trinity’s stunning win over Salford Red Devils, has plunged Cas back into trouble again.

Speaking after the game Last slammed the Six Again Rule.

“There was a couple of occasions when I think we got some harsh calls tonight,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“The six again rule, I’m just lost. I am completely lost. There were four or five occasions in that first half when tackle three and tackle four they’re dominating us and then we manage to get inbetween and look like we have won the collision, then they’d flop on and we didn’t get the six again call.”

He went on to suggest the ones his side got were to balance things out: “Well why haven’t we got the six again call? Then later we get a couple, meaningless ones to level it up with five minutes to go on the first tackle.

“So that is something I am going to have to look at because I am just not understanding the six again rule at the minute.

“I thought we were on the harsh end of one or two dubious ones and I think there were some that I don’t understand.”

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