Three Super League clubs now face nervous waits for pre-season disciplinary after plenty of yellow cards were shown over the weekend – so much for the term friendlies.
Among them is the Huddersfield Giants who saw Jack Billington sin-binned at halftime in their game against Dewsbury Rams.
The youngster was involved as things kicked off after the halftime hooter into a skirmish that referee Liam Rush saw fit to sin bin Billington for as well as one of his opponents.
Rush was making history as he was given permission by the RFL to oversee the game despite the fact his brother was playing for the Giants due to the fact it was their opportunity to make history in front of their unwell mother.
This didn’t stop Liam Rush from sin-binning his brother’s teammate.
Of course, Billington isn’t a first-team player but both Castleford Tigers and London Broncos could be worried about their first-team players.
London’s star man in their draw against the Tigers was Oli Leyland who scored and assisted as the Broncos battled back from 14-6 down to draw 14-all.
However, this came after he was sin-binned for a high tackle which could lead to disciplinary action. Meanwhile, Castleford’s Liam Horne was sin-binned for a late hit which could also be a concern.
Super League friendly round-up
In the closest game of Sunday, Castleford scored early on through Sam Wood. After London Broncos levelled, Innes Senior scored twice for Castleford. Oli Leyland scored for London Broncos, and Hakim Miloudi followed with a debut try. The game ended in a draw.
That was the lowest-scoring game of the day featuring Super League clubs whilst the game at Doncaster had the most. Hull FC started strong, with experienced players making an impact. Joe Cator scored first, followed by Tex Hoy and debutant Tindall. Sutcliffe converted to make it 18-0. Doncaster scored their first try through Sam Smeaton, but Hull FC extended their lead with tries from Morgan Smith and Tindall again. Doncaster scored through Pauli Pauli, but Hull FC answered back with a try from Jack Brown. Pauli Pauli scored again, but the game ended early due to a head injury to Jordan Lane. Our thoughts are with him after the incident.
In the earlier kick-off, five members of Huddersfield’s first 13 featured, including captain Luke Yates. Elliot Wallis scored the first try for the Giants, followed by Kieran Rush and Harvey Livett. Esan Marsters notched a hat-trick with tries on either side of halftime, and Sam Hewitt also scored. Olly Russell missed three shots but notched four conversions. The game ended with a 36-0 victory for Huddersfield.
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