Super League side need “a miracle” to win Challenge Cup tie says Cooke

Josh Charnley’s tackle on Jake Clifford raised a lot of eyebrows.

Not least because it ruled the Hull FC halfback out of the Challenge Cup quarter-final this week against St Helens.

Paul Cooke has now had his say on the matter on BBC Radio Humberside:

“As a player, there’s no way, he can’t disappear. He can’t become invisible and just go over the top of Clifford because he slips underneath him.

“Rugby league is a contact sport and we’re getting into territory where every single decision on a HIA or an injury is a penalty or retrospective action afterwards.

“Collisions happen in this sport and accidents happen in this sport and then we want to punish people for an accident and I just don’t know where the game’s going with that.

“It’s a really it’s dangerous territory for me to go down the route of, just because Clifford went off the field and failed his HIA doesn’t mean Josh Charney is a massive fault.

“Yes he’s been found guilty and charged and pays a fine but the coaches wanted it that way too in terms of not as many bans so that’s why we’ve seen lots more financial penalties.”

However, without Clifford, Cooke says Hull need a miracle to win:

“It doesn’t help Hull FC because I was at St Helens on Friday night while Hull were playing and without Clifford it may well be a minor miracle needed because Saints are very, very good and in some very good form.”