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Terry O’Connor says Super League star “could be in trouble” after high tackle

Friday was a big night in the 2023 Betfred Super League season with Warrington Wolves colliding, a battle between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors and a clash between Castleford Tigers and Leigh Leopards.

Though the big stories came in West Yorkshire, the best game of the night came at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Though Wakefield stunned Wigan Warriors to heap pressure on Castleford after their defeat to Leigh, Warrington and St Helens served up a classic match.

Warrington started brilliantly sending some warning shots with two Matt Dufty breaks as well as a break from Matty Ashton over the left edge.

On the back of one of these breaks the Wolves got a penalty and took the two to take the lead.

That was cancelled out by Mark Percival. He was put into space by good play from Lewis Dodd and he carved through the edge defence of the Wolves striding out of Matty Russell’s effort to tackle him before wrong footing Matt Dufty to score.

However, the Wolves didn’t trail for too long with a lovely edge play putting Matty Ashton in at the corner as Konrad Hurrell and Will Hopoate were caught out.

But soon Saints would score a real champion try when an inside ball from Dodd allowed Jack Welsby to carve through and then support play from Jonny Lomax and James Bell so the latter cross.

In the second half the Wolves looked up against it until a brilliant Matty Ashton intercept saw the winger dart down field to score a sensational try.

Warrington then took the lead with a penalty before a brilliant break down the left through Ben Currie led to a sensational Matt Dufty try.

However they say never write off the Saints. We saw that as the spine combined for two great tries carving through the inside shoulder of the Wolves defences with halfbacks Johnny Lomax and Lewis Dodd scoring the tries to seal the win.

It was suggested by the likes of Barrie McDermott and Jon Wilkin after the game that Warrington fans would be “aggrieved” with some decisions but namely the forward passes.

However, Terry O’Connor noted an interesting incident with Konrad Hurrell after a high tackle.

He said: “He could be in trouble if that was a closed fist. He is lucky he is going down otherwise it could have been a yellow card.

“As the referee Jack Smith said, it is the responsibility of the defender to protect the attacker.”

It will be interesting what the match review panel make of the incident though he should be okay if the panel judge that his opponent was falling.”

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