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Super League coach tells star player he needs to learn

Leigh Leopards’ clash with Hull KR was always going to be a big game. It gave Hull KR the chance to leapfrog Leigh in the table whilst the Leopards had the chance to jump above Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors into second in the table.

The two served up an excellent clash in Round Three in a game that saw Leigh claim their first win of the season in the return to Super League.

Hull KR needed a win to return to the play-off picture but they let themselves down.

They started badly and were 22-0 down at halftime as former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC star Tom Briscoe got the scoring started before Edwin Ipape, Ed Chamberlain and Josh Charnley added to Hull KR’s woes.

The Leopards scored twice in the second half through a penalty try and Rob Mulhern.

Mikey Lewis got a consolation try but it was him who set the tone for a disappointing evening for the Robins after a strange incident.

Inside the fourth minute we saw a yellow card for Lewis.

As Lewis chased Jez Litten’s early kick he seemed to slip and then accidentally produce what looked like a slide tackle on former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC star Tom Briscoe as he picked up the ball that had gone dead.

Lewis was sin binned for “delaying the restart” according to referee Marcus Griffiths.

He will be glad he wasn’t playing in the Premier League with VAR looking at it.

Instead Chris Kendall the video referee assisted Marcus Griffiths in determining that there was no malicious intent but it was late and did delay the Leopards.

Speaking after the game, Willie Peters told Lewis that he needs to learn.

“I only saw him slide but Mikey’s got to learn, there’s no doubt about that,” he said on BBC Radio Humberside.

“There’s been a couple of close ones this year where he could have got 10 and he got 10 tonight.

“The way to learn is by getting 10 minutes and then having two tries scored against your team whilst you’re in the sin bin because it wasn’t a play that I’m sure he’d be happy with.”

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