Sheens left fum­ing as Robins pay penalty at Cata­lans

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

HULL KR head coach Tim Sheens hit out at the of­fi­cials fol­low­ing this de­feat to Cata­lans Drag­ons in Per­pig­nan.

The scores were locked at 16-16 when the Drag­ons, who lost to Rovers 23-4 three weeks ago, se­cured a penalty for in­ter­fer­ence in the 71st minute.

Lu­cas Al­bert kicked the two points which sealed his side’s first win of the sea­son at the fifth at­tempt, leav­ing Sheens fum­ing.

The Aus­tralian said: “I was very unhappy with a num­ber of things through the game, par­tic­u­larly with the of­fi­cial.

“But at the end, we lost the game by do­ing some stupid things our­selves in the last 10 min­utes. We just didn’t keep our com­po­sure.

“We weren’t helped by a 12-6 penalty count against us. We con­ceded two tries from kicks and penal­ties, par­tic­u­larly the one where he (Michael McIlo­rum) threw the ball into our player on the ground.

“That is a dis­grace­ful penalty when last year they said you couldn’t do that af­ter the Sal­ford in­ci­dent.

“He just de­lib­er­ately threw it into him – he was clear of the ruck. It should have been a penalty to us.

“When you get beat by two and they kick the goal from that, you can un­der­stand why I’m filthy at that.”

Sheens stated cat­e­gor­i­cally that he will be on the phone to the Rugby Foot­ball League to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

“Oh will I ever (be hav­ing words with the RFL),” he added. “That’s just wrong.

“It’s poor of­fi­ci­at­ing when clearly that rule has changed. If he was lay­ing un­der his feet, I’d un­der­stand it. That par­tic­u­lar one is the one I’m unhappy with.

“With the penalty count at 12-6, ob­vi­ously we’re not go­ing to win a penalty count away, it would ap­pear, but I’m not happy about that penalty.”

Lewis Tier­ney and Fouad Yaha scored tries for Cata­lans while Ge­orge Lawler and Justin Car­ney crossed for the vis­i­tors, but it was the boot of Al­bert that proved the dif­fer­ence as he kicked five goals.

Cata­lans coach Steve McNa­mara said: “For me, that wasn’t our best per­for­mance of the sea­son at home for us, but it’s the only one we have won.

“In my opin­ion, we were bet­ter against St He­lens and Wake­field in our pre­vi­ous two games but un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t come away with the two points on those oc­ca­sions.”

McNa­mara re­served spe­cial praise for Greg Bird and a su­perb tackle by David Mead in de­fence.

“Greg was very good for us, par­tic­u­larly in those clos­ing min­utes at the end of the game,” McNa­mara added. “He took a lot of good car­ries and made some re­ally good de­ci­sions in that pe­riod of the game. I think a huge turn­ing point in the game was David Mead’s tackle on Adam Quin­lan in the sec­ond half.

Cata­lans Drag­ons: Mead, Yaha, Gigot, Wil­iame, Tier­ney, Bird, Al­bert, Casty, McIlo­rum, Moa, Jul­lien, Gar­cia, Baitieri. Sub­sti­tutes: Ai­ton, An­der­son, Bous­quet, Si­mon. Hull K R: Quin­lan, Shaw, He­fer­nan, Minns, Car­ney, McGuire, Atkin, Scru­ton, Lee, Ma­soe, Green­wood, Ka­vanagh, Clark­son. Sub­sti­tutes: Blair, Lawler, Mul­h­ern, Tickle. Ref­eree: Scott Mikalauskas (RFL).

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