St Helens coach Justin Holbrook has reiterated his stance on calling for the game looking into reviewing the running style of Warrington’s Sitaleki Akauola following a concussion injury to Aaron Smith.
The young Saints hooker was knocked out in the third minute of last Friday’s clash with Warrington after trying to stop Akauola and will now sit out tomorrow’s trip to Hull with the after effects of the injury.
While Holbrook confirmed there was no issue with the player or club individually, the Australian was keen to raise the point again that has previously been referenced by Hull FC and Wakefield, with one of their players suffering similar injuries.
“The reason we took those (shoulder charges) out was because it was so dangerous. If you get it wrong and hit someone in the head someone can be seriously injured. We are seeing that on the flip side with the bloke carrying the ball,” he said.
“He (Akauola) is doing nothing wrong but it is something I want the game to look at because three players have been knocked out in the last few weeks.
“When you look at the way he carries and do your preview on him you can see that someone is going to get knocked out.
“He is not deliberately trying to hurt anyone but he has got his technique out of sorts that as a game we need to fix.”