Brown: Card Was Right

NATHAN Brown said the referee didn’t have any choice but to send Francis Meli off in the first half of the Challenge Cup tie at Hull KR.

The winger saw red for a high tackle on Craig Hall.

“I don’t think the referee had much choice,” he said. “Franny is a very clean player who is very rarely penalised but a reflex action can happen when you are defending a big space. He’s dislocated his elbow in the tackle too.

“Of course it had a big impact on the game. It was disappointing because we got back in front. We made a great effort to get to the front, with 12 men, against a good attacking side. They scored from kicks with most of their tries.

“But our effort was good, the incident happened and we couldn’t hang on.”

He continued: “I’m not concerned one bit at all about our discipline; putting things on report is an easy thing to do and they (the processes) will run their course.

“It won’t be a problem to pick the lads up. There are plenty of players who have not been playing in the last three weeks. We have one competition to play in and we have to pick ourselves up.”

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