Written by Daniel Church
Richard Agar steps down as Leeds coach, Salford looking at a potential move and all the disciplinary action after round six of Super League.
AGAR STEPS DOWN
Despite Leeds Rhinos frankly fantastic recruitment, bringing in Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, James Bentley and David Fusitu’a they have only won one of their first six games and Richard Agar has decided to step down as Head Coach of the Leeds Rhinos. Agar will however remain at the club but in an unspecified role.
Taking over in 2019, Agar took Leeds to Challenge Cup glory in 2020, winning the clubs first piece of silverware since 2017. Assistant coach and club veteran Jamie Jones-Buchanan will take charge as interim coach for now for the Saturday cup tie against Castleford.
Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington said “We do plan to appoint a new head coach and will apply a comprehensive recruitment process but there is no pre-determined timescale for this appointment”
SALFORD IN FOR A GROUND SWAP?
Salford is home to two clubs. The football club Salford City and the rugby league team Salford Red Devils.
Salford City play at the Peninsula Stadium, which holds around 5100 people, whereas Salford Red Devils play at the AJ Bell which holds more than double that of the Peninsula stadium at 12000.
The Red Devils rental agreement with the 12,000-capacity AJ Bell Stadium ends in 2023, and a club statement from Salford City reads that “We still have some work to do so we are today confirming that for the 2022/23 season we will be remaining at The Peninsula Stadium,” a Salford City club statement read.
A ground swap has been proposed, but nothing is official as of yet for the 2023/24 season more updates will follow.
The Round 6 Team of the Week 💪#SuperLeague
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 21, 2022
Controversy has surrounded the Super League season this year. Referees have been seen to dish out cards left right and centre for things last season, would just be a slap on the wrist. New rules around ball steals, and what constitutes a high tackle are now tricky, and Wigan coach Matt Peet thinks it’s could drastically affect the summer World Cup.
This week’s disciplinary issues:
Young Huddersfield talent Will Pryce has been suspended for at least 8 games, as the rules for a Grade F tackle, the highest grade. It was for his almost Judo like throw against Hull FC man Connor Wynne. Both men did shake hands after the occurring brawl of the teams and I imagine Pryce apologised.
Elsewhere, Dragons half-back Pearce has been awarded a 2-game ban for his dangerous throw against Hull KR. Brad Martin for the Tigers has also been handed 2 games for his high tackle on Willie Isa. Leeds’ Tetevano will miss 2 also for a high tackle and Warringtons’ captain Hughes will miss one game for a late hit.
All lower grade tackles are subject to appeal