Super League coach slams “horrible rule” that cost them

This week we see Warrington Wolves and Hull FC collide, Wigan Warriors are also set for a big fixture in France and there is a clash as Leeds Rhinos head over to Huddersfield Giants in a fixture set to attract a huge record crowd for the Giants.

There are also two huge games in the battle for survival as Castleford Tigers host Super League and World Champions St Helens and Wakefield Trinity clash with the play-off chasing Salford Red Devils.

It is a massive game for Wakefield after the defeat to Castleford last week.

Speaking on this on BBC Radio Leeds, Mark Applegarth said:

“Yeah, I think maybe, subconsciously, I think it definitely probably did. I thought we went into a shell a bit. We didn’t really play as expansive as what we could have done. That’s probably down to the occasion and people worried about pulling triggers when they were on.

“We just spoke about playing our natural game. When we’re at our best, we’re a team that likes to throw the ball about. I think maybe it did a little bit and it’s a good lesson to learn for us about just making sure you don’t go too far away from what your strengths are and going to your shells.”

In the game, Wakefield had some tries controversial disallowed such as Josh Griffin’s for offside.

On this, Applegarth slammed the rule: “Do you know, someone asked me straight after the game about the fact that we’d had three or four tries disallowed but I still felt we created enough opportunity that we should have finished them.

“It’s a horrible rule, but technically I thought the video ref got it right. In terms of the context, I believe Chris sent it up as a try, and it obviously got disallowed on the context that Matty Ashurst had taken a step in, but it’s all ifs and buts.

“I felt, even going into the 60-minute mark, I thought we’ve still got plenty of chances here. Obviously, we each give a forward pass. I thought that call were right, it was a follow-up pass. Jai made that break, if we’d have just shown a little bit more composure there, and who knows what would have happened if we’d have got another try. But as I said there, it’s all ifs and buts. Credit to Castleford they’ve got the win.”