Joel Tomkins in hospital following Austin challenge

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens said that Joel Tomkins was taken to hospital in an ambulance with a serious head knock following a challenge from Warrington’s Blake Austin in today’s round two clash.

The Wire’s marquee man was given ten minutes in the sin bin towards the end of the first half after he was deemed to gone in late into a challenge on Tomkins following a break from the second rower up field.

The nature of the tackle, in which there was alleged contact with the head, forced the former Wigan man from the field and prompted calls from Robins fans for more action to have been taken against Austin.

However after the game, which Warrington won 28-14, Sheens revealed that the head knock suffered by his captain was a little more severe than first thought, but refused to make a judgement on the incident itself.

“I haven’t seen the incident back but I was told he (Austin) hit him on the ground. Joel’s in hospital at the moment,” he said.

“We know Joel Tomkins doesn’t go to hospital unless he’s a sick boy and they took him in an ambulance so I think in terms of player concern there will be some work to do this week.

“It’s a tough one for the referees but if you’re running through and you get hit flush on the head you’re going to have a problem, it was just a concern to lose our captain and a very influential player quite early in the game,” he added.

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