THERE was a difference of opinion with the comments of the Saints and Leigh coaches after Friday night’s sin-binning of John Asiata.

The Leopards skipper, who last year was responsible for the tackles that injured Agnatius Paasi and Alex Walmsley, skittled Sione Mata’utia within 41 seconds of the game.

It prompted a coming together and once the dust settled Asiata was despatched to the sin-bin.

That type of tackle was deemed legal last year, but there has been a rule change covering reckless endangerment.

The Match Review Panel released their findings on John Asiata's tackle this afternoon.

Saints coach Paul Wellens was asked his thoughts on the incident – given the history of the player against Saints.

He said: “I was a little bit surprised if I'm honest, but at the same time, I was told last year that those tackles weren't illegal, which I had to accept.

“Now we know that they are illegal and a decision was made and I don't really want to say too much more than that in the way I wouldn't speak more about it if it was a high tackle or a cannonball tackle or ninja or whatever they talk about.

“It's an illegal tackle in the game and the decision was made and my perspective and our team’s perspective is we just move on.”

His Leopards counterpart Adrian Lam criticised Liam Moore’s decision to send his captain to the sin bin.

Speaking about the tackle he said: "I think it was just fine and I have looked at it 10 times on the video and the first point of contact is above the knee and he slides down.

“Last year there was no penalty for that and they have changed the ruling to outlaw the dangerous tackle below the knee.

“I felt the next step up would have been a penalty but not a sin bin. We are not here to play 12 v 12 or 13 v 12, let’s just keep the players on the field.

"I'm a bit frustrated about it but I think the referees were under a bit of pressure given it all started here last year.

"He (Mata'utia) was lying on the ground just waiting for the penalty, and I was like, 'get up', but that's the way the game is going at the moment with these rulings and it is very frustrated.

“But we are trying to work with the referees and the direction the game is heading in but at times it’s hard to cop.

“I am nervous about (the MRP) but it should never be a charge in a 100 years of our sport.

“But I am nervous because I think all coaches are nervous on Mondays these days. I hop they don’t isolate him and pick him out because he instigated this law change.

“It was legal at the time but it was challenged.

“I hope they don’t make an example of him and it would be completely wrong if they did that.”