SAINTS young hooker Aaron Smith, who left the field on a stretcher after a long delay, went straight to hospital.

The 22-year-old was knocked out when trying to tackle Warrington's loose forward Sitaleki Akauola- which prompted Justin Holbrook to look at the ball carrier's technique.

Similar questions have arisen following Wolves' games with Hull FC and Wakefield.

Holbrook said: "Aaron has gone to hospital – but hopefully that is precautionary.

"I have no problems with the guy himself, but there is an issue with his carrying technique. "That is three weeks in a row where a bloke has been knocked out. I wouldn’t like to tackle him.

"It is a shoulder charge when you are tackling, so is it not when you have got the ball?

"It is his technique I would like to see him change – I have seen it three times now and I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.

"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."

Those calls were dismissed out of hand by Wolves boss Steve Price who said: "There was nothing wrong whatsoever.

"The game has been going for more than 100 years with players running like that.

"There is no issue, but some teams are going to have to look at how they tackle.

"There is no intent, he is not raising any elbows or any knees. They are copping hard bits of his arm, you could say. There is nothing wrong with it whatsoever."