No disciplinary concerns for Catalans Dragons coach after win over Leeds Rhinos

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara insists he has "no concerns" over incidents involving two of his players in their play-offs win over Leeds Rhinos.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 12:00 pm

Brad Dwyer was left with blood streaming from his nose following a tackle by Michael McIlorum, Catalans' Leeds-born hooker, in the second half of the elimination tie which ended Rhinos' season.

Referee Chris Kendall took no action agaiinst McIlorum and Leeds - who trailed 18-10 at the time - did not receive a penalty.

There were also allegations of indecent contact by Catalans forward Joel Tomkins on Rhinos' Richie Myler later in the second half.

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Catalans coach Steve Mcnamara watches his side's win over Rhinos. Picture by Allan

Both incidents are likely to be studied by the RFL's match review panel ahead of Catalans' semi-final at league lreaders Wigan Warriors on Friday.

But questioned in his post-match press conference, McNamara said there was "nothing in" the Joel Tomkins incident.

And he added: "In terms of McIlorum...for me, I have no concerns."

Rhinos' director of rugby Kevin Sinfield did not make an issue of the way the game was refereed.

Rhinos director of rugby Kevin Sinfield after the play-offs defeat. Picture by Allan McKenzie/

"We've had some experience of play-off rugby before," Sinfield said.

"Things that would normally be penalties in the season aren't normally penalties in these type of games.

"I understand that, we have no excuses."

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