Rovers prop Baldwinson: Hock should have been red-carded

Rovers prop Jordan Baldwinson drives the ball during Sunday's match against Leigh. Picture: Paul Butterfield.
Rovers prop Jordan Baldwinson drives the ball during Sunday's match against Leigh. Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Featherstone Rovers prop Jordan Baldwinson felt Leigh’s Gareth Hock should have been sent off in Sunday’s Summer Bash clash at Blackpool.

Twenty-year-old Baldwinson was struck in the face by substitute Hock who swung at him midway through the first half of a stormy Championship match that the Centurions won 31-12.

Fellow Featherstone prop Paul Wood was dismissed after another flare-up three minutes later and Baldwinson admitted: “I think it was quite a tough call on Woody to get sent off after what Gaz Hock had just done.

“I thought he should have been red carded and have seen plenty of games where he would have been.

“It was pretty unfair but you have to get on with it and do what the referee says.

“Personally I thought we were the stronger, better team in the first 20 minutes.

“But when that kicked off with Hock hitting me we should have probably had a bit of a scuffle there and then and ended it for the day.

“Instead we just got caught in their game plan. They like to mess things up and every time we came together for a little scrap we lost our game plan.”

Former England Academy captain Baldwinson added: “Full credit to Leigh - they are a really good side and we saw recently how they beat Super League sides in the Challenge Cup.

“They know how to manipulate opponents really well. When they play fast they are hard to stop.

“It didn’t help us with a man sent off and yellow carded but we’ve got to focus on the next few weeks now and try finish top four.”

Baldwinson hopes he will be given the chance to finally stake a claim with Leeds Rhinos next year.

He is currently on a season-long loan with Rovers but believes the experience he is gaining in the Championship will allow him to make a mark on Super League in 2016.

“I’m getting good game time generally at Fev and they appreciate the things I’m doing on and off the field which is a good thing,” said Baldwinson, who spent much of last season on loan with Bradford Bulls after returning to Rhinos in May from a stint with New Zealand Warriors’ Under 20s.

“From the experience point of view I am loving it.

“Fingers crossed I can go back to Leeds and prove to Brian McDermott and the rest of the coaching staff there that I’m worthy of being in their squad.

“I have spoken to (Rhinos chief executive) Gary Hetherington and Brian Mac.

“I can’t say just yet but hopefully I can return and Leeds can recognise I’ve been playing well for Featherstone.

“At the moment, though, I’m focusing on getting us into the top four.”