Cunningham left fuming by reffing

Saints chief Keiron Cunningham wants clarification from referees, particularly over rucks
Saints chief Keiron Cunningham wants clarification from referees, particularly over rucks
  • Cunningham angry at inconsistent interpretation of laws
  • Saints chief will speak to referees boss for clarification
  • KC will adapt build-up to Wakefield game in line with ref’s approach

Keiron Cunningham is calling for a more fluid interpretation of the laws of the game after inconsistencies in the handling of early season fixtures, writes John Yates.

Saints’ head coach plans to discuss the issue this week with Rugby League referees’ supremo Jon Sharp in a bid to clarify the situation.

If that is how it is going to be, then we, as coaches, want to know so we put more emphasis on our wrestling stuff to control the rucks

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham

Speaking after his side’s 21-14 victory over Castleford on Friday night, Cunningham said: “Once more I felt we were playing to different set of rules.

“I wasn’t sure whether we were playing World Club Challenge or Super Leagues rules but it was different from the other two rounds.

He said: “In round one and two the rucks were quick and there were 20 penalties a game. Then there were none in World Club Challenge and tonight everything was slow, too.

“If that is how it is going to be, then we, as coaches, want to know so we put more emphasis on our wrestling stuff to control the rucks.

“Cas did a great job in slowing us down but if that is the way it is going to be, then I would like to be told. I don’t want to do a whole load of work this week building up to the Wakefield match and then find 20 penalties are given in the game.”

He added: “I don’t like ringing up and whingeing too much but if have to then I will.”

g Welsh debutant Calvin Wellington grabbed hat-trick as Saints U19s crushed London Broncos 74-6 at Blackbrook on Saturday.

Fellow countryman Regan Grace weighed-in with a double but top tryscorer in a 14-try romp was Ben Morris who crossed the whitewash four times.

Other Saints’ tries came from Jake Spedding (2), Ricky Bailey, Aaron Smith and Josh Eaves. Lewis Fairhurst also landed nine goals.

The U16s ensured a week-end clean sweep by defeating Huddersfield Giants 30-18 at Thatto Heath on Sunday.

Tries came from Cameron Brown, Alex Eckley, Harry Coleman, Callum Hazzard and Kevin Brown.

Jacob Cummings also landed three goals.