Rugby League: Officials to Blame for Mix-Up, Says Anderson

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Byline: BY IAN LAYBOURN Daily Post Correspondent

THE Rugby Football League have asked disciplinary commissioner Norman Sarsfield to investigate claims St Helens had 14 players on the field during last night's match against Hull.

Saints are alleged to have had an extra man for over a minute early in the second half of their 27-26 engage Super League defeat at Knowsley Road.

It is thought the mix-up occurred when second rower Vinnie Anderson remained on the pitch despite being officially replaced by hooker Keiron Cunningham.

St Helens coach Daniel Anderson claimed it was an accident but, if the league leaders are found guilty of breaching the rules, they could be fined or even docked competition points, which happened in the past to Brisbane Broncos in Australia's National Rugby League.

Hull's Australian coach Peter Sharp insisted that, had his side failed to secure an eighth successive win, then Saints would have been sure to forfeit the points.

He said: "I don't know what the league can do now but Saints certainly wouldn't have got the points if they had won. …