Cunningham’s sympathy for Eorl Crabtree complaint

Saints James Roby is tacked by Huddersfield Giants' Eorl Crabtree (right) and Aaron Murphy. Crabtree believes too much is asked of rugby league players
Saints James Roby is tacked by Huddersfield Giants' Eorl Crabtree (right) and Aaron Murphy. Crabtree believes too much is asked of rugby league players
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Saints’ boss Keiron Cunningham has lent a sympathetic ear to the views of fellow RL tough guy Eorl Crabtree.

The Huddersfield prop claims that rugby league players are treated like a piece of meat, play too many games and are mentally and physically exhausted.

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham

Cunningham, who made 496 appearances for his home-town club between 1994 and 2010, said: “I understand where Eorl is coming from and coaches have been saying this kind of thing for years.

“It does hurt you but that is the natural of the game and everyone has got to put up with it.

“We all moan about the Easter fixtures and what it does to teams when you look at injuries.

“Easter definitely has a big knock-on effect, like what you do in training for the next month or six weeks so I know where Eorl is coming from.

“He’s right to some extend but it’s the game and we have just to roll with it and make our competition better.”

Crabtree said: “The days after games I feel like I have been hit by a bus. When you pick up knocks it gets harder still and you can get yourself in a mental state.

“I’ve considered quitting in the past or taken a year off.”