Willie Peters suggests Leigh Leopards star should have been sin binned

As Hull KR and Leigh Leopards met in the Challenge Cup Final there was plenty of controversy.

There was a potential penalty try that was denied for Hull KR as Tom Opacic tried to capitalise on an error from Tom Briscoe.

The John Asiata debate about his tackle technique resurfaced right at the start of the game with Elliot Minchella taking exception to one tackle from the Leigh skipper and his opposite number.

Minchella was later sin binned for a late hit on Ben Reynolds which prompted Hull KR boss to suggest that Reynolds stayed down and that was the reason Minchella was sin binned.

He also suggested had Brad Schneider stayed down earlier in the game there could have been a yellow card for Leigh.

Peters said after the game: “I don’t want to go too much into it, but I would never, ever tell my players to lay down, and Brad Schneider at the start got hit late.

“If he lays down, does he get 10 minutes? I would never say to our players to lay down. Whether he laid down or not, we’ll have a look and see what the contact was and then you guys can make your own mind up.”

Despite this controversy, Peters was very proud of his side and he underlined this as he was asked about his reaction when talking to the players.

He said:

“Yeah, absolutely, very, very proud, you can’t not. We spoke before the game, no regrets, don’t regret in terms of your individual performance and that’s around effort and competing. I thought all 17 players did that tonight.

“There’s no doubt we’re going to be disappointed and it’s a disappointed shed. Of course, we just lost a final but we also spoke about that we’ve got six, seven games to go in the Super League season and you can push and try and get to the finals and then see how we go off the back of that.”

Hull KR will now have to turn their attention back on the fight to make the Super League play-offs.

They are in a battle with the likes of Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves, and rivals Hull FC.