Graham rap

Saints Player James Graham
Saints Player James Graham
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JOINT skipper James Graham was given a rap on the knuckles following his reaction to being denied a try during the first-half of Friday night’s home match.

The prop was convinced he had successfully crossed the whitewash, but his try was disallowed by referee Phil Bentham.

It led to a frustrated Graham booting the ball into the crowd and earning a 10-minute spell in the sin-bin.

Coach Royce Simmons said: “Jammer thought he had scored – and so did our fans behind the sticks – but, whatever the situation, it’s simply not good enough for a skipper to kick the ball away and get sin-binned.

“He knows that, and apologised to his team-mates during half-time.”

Simmons added: “You can’t afford to have anyone in the sin-bin, let alone your captain, and one of the most experienced players on the field.

“He’s a born winner and a passionate player, but knows he has to curb his feelings sometimes.

“We’ve had words about it.”

At the same time, the head coach was more than happy to see Saints cement third position after an injury-ravaged year.

“If you had told me at the beginning of the season we would finish in this position with the amount of injuries we have suffered – at one stage we had 12 or 13 players missing – I would have accepted it,” said Simmons.

“But at the end of the day, we have to get on with the job now and ensure we finish it off.”

Saints have appeared in the last five Old Trafford Grand Finals, but their only win in this period came at the expense of Hull FC in 2006.