Rohan Smith on Leeds Rhinos yellow and red cards in St Helens defeat

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Leeds Rhinos forward Zane Tetevano was sent off in Thursday’s 42-12 defeat at St Helens, whilst forwards James Bentley and Bodene Thompson were sin-binned.

Marquee man Tetevano was sent off in the 76th minute for a high tackle on former Rhino Konrad Hurrell, in addition to the earlier sin-binning of Thompson.

And Smith’s side finished with 11 men when former St Helens forward James Bentley, who was fresh from completing a third ban of the season, was given a yellow card for purposely delaying a play-the-ball.

“I haven’t seen the replays on them,” Smith said. “I thought Bodene got caught off balance and I don’t know whether he made first contact with his hands or not.

“The tackle on Hurrell looked spectacular but again I haven’t seen the point of contact on the replay. We had a bunch of positional chances so at various times I was trying to organise our defensive line so I was chatting to our bench and trying to use that moment to make an interchange.

“I don’t know what happened with Bentley. I don’t know what it was for, I didn’t see it. Again, I was looking at our players and the next minute he’s in the bin. I can’t fix it once he’s been binned anyway.”

When Smith was told what Bentley was sin-binned for, he replied: “That type of play is never advisable at any scoreline at any venue.”

Leeds Rhinos boss pleased with Harry Newman

England World Cup hopeful Harry Newman put in an impressive performance for the Rhinos. The young centre scored a sensational try in the first half.

“He showed what he can do,” Smith said. “He attacked the ball and played with high energy.

“It was an impressive first 80 minute-performance of the season from him, a positive.

“There were plenty of things I liked. We came to play and had a good crack. We stretched them a few times early in the piece.

“At half-time I didn’t think the score was reflective. I thought at 20-12 it was game on but we lost a bit of composure at the back end.”

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  1. Smith is being very cautious in his comments here, quite rightly so. The Tetevano tackle was shocking, and the Bentley yellow was plain silly, but both were caused by the frustration at the total ineptitude in the officiating that had gifted Saints at least 3 or 4 of their tries as infringements in the lead-in play were missed. The Thompson “trip” had no intent whatsoever, with the Saints man falling over after side-stepping both Thomson and himself; Thompson had his hand on him before he fell over his leg as well, but he was falling before he touched his leg anyway. No, I have been watch RL since 1976 and I have never, ever seen such a shocking display of officiating, and I defy any team, not just Leeds, to keep their cool in the face of that. Regardless, there were many positives for Leeds before the frustration set in, so there is still hope we can go on a run and make the top six.

    • Agree that the referee was very poor but to say 3 or 4 tries should have been disallowed is ridiculous. I think the score line did not truly reflect the effort and skill levels shown by Leeds but Saints were the better team and the cards were not in the least contentious. Leeds have improved a lot under Smith and will finish the season strongly.

    • A lot of deluded Rhino fans on here head shot on Hurrel should be at least 4 matches. Bentley just back from a third stretch off the roster due to poor discipline due to sit out again and a trip has always been at least a yellow if not a Red card.

  2. I don’t think smith is the man for the job if hetherington had half a brain he would of let Jamie Jones see the season out as head coach the game against St Helens was dismal to say the least so don’t know where smith gets his positives from

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