Written by John Davidson
Leeds coach Richard Agar has questioned whether his team is being refereed unfairly after his forward Matt Prior was sin-binned twice in their 20-13 loss to Wakefield.
Prior was marched in the first half for a high tackle and then in the second after a melee with Trinity’s Chris Green.
Agar has described some officials as “trigger happy” with giving out yellow cards in recent matches and plans to approach the RFL to voice his concerns.
“We get sin-bins every week, we’re very quick to get sin-bins,” he said.
“Sin-bins on the back of touch judges who are 40 metres away giving reports. If we look at our sin-binnings this year, on an isolated and on their own merits, I’m just not really sure.
“I think Richie Myler got sin-binned against Salford for nothing. Zane got sin-binned at Huddersfield for nothing, last week was a penalty. But if they’re sin-bins we’re going to have a lot of sin-bins.
“We know that we’re going to have to work to very, very high standards at the moment because we are very quick to give penalties away and sin-bins. That’s how it feels from our standpoint.
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“We obviously need some clarification because there’s a fair bit of moaning and groaning when it’s happening at the moment. But a lot of it rests with us.
“We’ve got to live that discipline a little bit better but at the same time we’re having to adhere to some unbelievably high standards in that department.”
Agar admitted he is unsure if it is Super League that has a widespread problem with officiating or whether it is his side has been penalised overzealously.
“I’d guess I’d like someone to answer that for me, if that makes sense?” he said.
“I’d like someone to answer me have we been unfairly hit or is that just a dreadful run of bad luck? Or do all these tackles I’m seeing warrant sin-bins.
“We have to make the game safe – the game needs to be as safe as it can, but at the same time I think we’ve been very, very trigger happy with the cards at times.
“I’m looking for some feedback because the bits of feedback that I’ve had is that we have had some guys wrongly sin-binned, but it keeps happening to us. Whether today or not, again, I’ll look for some direction from the guys that make those decisions.
“But I’d like someone to tell us if that’s a bigger problem for us or whether it’s a bigger problem for the people making the decisions on it really, or a bigger problem for the rules too.”