Richie Myler was shown an early yellow card at Headingley as Leeds Rhinos did it tough against Huddersfield Giants.
The Rhinos fans were up in arms over what they feel is a soft yellow card and one that is as consequence controversial.
Either way the fullback’s actions prevented a try for Jermaine McGillvary who chased a lovely kick through from Tui Lolohea who, unlike the team sheet says, is operating at fullback himself.
Myler was second to the kick but as he went for it McGillvary caught it and was caught round the face by Myler.
Myler will argue he was going for the ball but it could be said that it was a tackle attempt and either way it was around McGillvary’s head and thus he will spent the next 10 in the sin bin as Leeds do it tough.
They trailed 10-0 to the Giants after conceding to a McGillvary try in the first four minutes from a deflected kick from Jake Connor.
Chris McQueen then stormed over for the Giants’ second bumping off Blake Austin.
The Giants nearly scored a third with Kevin Naiqama going over but the video referee ruled that he was held up.
Somehow, just as it did against Catalans Dragons, the yellow seemed to spark the Rhinos back into life and for the rest of the first half they were the better side.
That went into the second half as Leeds went on to win a classic 18-17.
Asked about the controversial yellow card after the game, Rohan Smith said after a very long pause, “I have been asked not to comment by the RFL.”
Smith not commenting, but Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin certainly did comment claiming it was the wrong call:
“Myler was racing across and what you don’t want to see is the ball pop up and land in Jermaine McGillvary’s hands.
“He just sticks an arm out, almost tries to steal the ball and just catches McGillvary across the cheeks.
“It is a desperate attempt from Richie Myler, it is a penalty and nothing more in my opinion but fantastic enterprise wasn’t it, a great kick from Lolohea, a well timed chase from McGillvary and a big challenge from Richie Myler because if he didn’t get something, enough on him, it was a try.
“That’s harsh, a yellow card, he’s attempting to catch the ball.”
Commentator Bill Arthur added as Myler was shown the yellow card: “Mystified to start with I think he is absolutely gobsmacked now.”
But what did the Match Review panel make of the tackle.
Well they gave no ban nor any charge,
They seemed to agree with Wilkin:
“Player is going for the loose ball and catches opponent with a flat hand to the face.”