Headbutt victim Luke Dorn says he has no hard feelings over the incident which led to the first red card of Kevin Sinfield’s career.
Sinfield – the Leeds and England captain – was dismissed following the clash with Castleford Tigers full-back Dorn late in the 24-24 draw at Headingley Carnegie two days ago.
The incident will be studied by the RFL’s match review panel on Monday and could lead to an appearance at the following afternoon’s disciplinary hearing, though Sinfield may be eligible for an early guilty plea, which would reduce the length of any potential suspension and avoid him having to face the judiciary.
A ban of three or more matches would rule Sinfield out of Rhinos’ Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves on Saturday, August 9.
Sinfield reacted after being penalised for interference on Dorn in a tackle and, giving his side of the incident, the Castleford man said: “I don’t know what happened.
“He said something to me, I said it back and I didn’t think there was anything in it.
“But things happen in games and that’s just how it is. It doesn’t bother me.
“Once they’re off the field I couldn’t care less about it.”
Tigers forward Grant Millington touched down moments after Sinfield’s exit and Marc Sneyd landed the equalising goal.
“It did help us,” Dorn said of the red card. “It would have been nice having a bit more time on the clock, but we still had our opportunities and we didn’t take them.
“If we’re serious about where we want to go in finals time then those opportunities have got to be taken.”
The point kept Tigers in the hunt for First Utility Super League’s leaders’ shield, but Dorn felt they should have should have come away with a maximum haul.
Winger Justin Carney had a second half touchdown ruled out by video referees Phil Bentham and Steve Ganson for an alleged obstruction and Dorn insisted: “I thought we were the better team.
“We had that try chalked off that I thought was a fair try and you can put that in the hat with the other 15 like that we’ve had this year so far.
“We score that, we win the game. It’s disappointing as I thought we were all over Leeds at times. They’re a great side and they just didn’t let us get it.
“It’s a point, no matter and good result at a place like Headingley against an almost full-strength Leeds, but we’re very disappointed we didn’t get the win.
“Yet it’s a good dress rehearsal for some semi-final stuff.”
Castleford are back in action on Thursday night when they visit Hull FC.
“They have such a good team, but have been a little bit inconsistent,” Dorn said of Tigers’ next opponents.
“They’ve still had some great wins and it’s always tough over there.
“We’ll have to toughen right up and fix up some areas.”
Meanwhile, Tigers boss Daryl Powell reckons his team need to be “a bit more hard-nosed”.
Reflecting on Thursday’s game, he said: “I thought we were superb from start to finish, but we didn’t have any control really.
“The end of our sets were pretty poor and I thought we panicked a bit when we made line breaks.
“I thought we caused Leeds a lot of trouble and when we got through on them we didn’t quite have the clarity of thought we needed to apply even more pressure to Leeds.”