Rush blasts referee Alibert

Referee Thierry Alibert
Referee Thierry Alibert

CARETAKER boss Mike Rush vented his frustration at French referee Thierry Alibert after Saints’ last-gasp 33-32 defeat at Wakefield on Sunday – and after watching a recording of the match, he refused to withdraw any of his original his comments yesterday morning (Tuesday).

In fact, the St Helens acting supremo went further, insisting three of the Wakefield tries should have been ruled out – for an obstruction, offside and a knock-on – and said he planned to show the video to journalists present at the club’s weekly press conference today (Wednesday).

Rush said at the post-match Belle Vue press conference: “I appreciate I will get in trouble, but every single time we play this fella absolutely hammers the game.

“I’m not just saying he hammers us – I’m sure Wakefield boss Richard Agar feels the same – but he killed us today.

“With 12 minutes remaining we levelled the scores at 32-32, and then didn’t cross the halfway line.

“Every time Thierry has been in charge of one of our matches this season, we’ve ended up with a game like that.

“It’s gone tit-for-tat and lacks control in my view.

“I am taking nothing away from Wakefield – they were very good and enjoying a fine run of form.

“They deserved the win because we weren’t great, but I am sick of being involved in games where Thierry has performances like that.”

Rush also took time to criticise his own troops as they slipped to a second successive defeat in the race for the top positions in the Super League table.

He said: “I didn’t think we were great, sometimes you can judge enthusiasm and mental state on your kick chases, and ours were poor.

“We should have had Ben Cockayne tackled in-goal, but he breaks away and two tackles later they score. They worked that little bit harder, and wanted it a little bit more than us.”