Sam Burgess explains spat with Hull FC's Richie Myler after tunnel confrontation

Warrington coach Sam Burgess was involved in a tunnel spat with Hull director of rugby Richie Myler after their sides’ Betfred Super League clash on Friday. TV pictures showed the Wolves boss apparently bumping into Myler after the Wolves secured a 24-6 victory over the Black and Whites at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Burgess had already been annoyed by Hull’s role in Warrington’s loss of a substitution for the game following a mix-up on the teamsheet.

“It is a very small corridor,” Burgess said when asked about the incident after the game. “He made some smart comment as I was walking past. He really doesn’t need to do that. I get he is new in the job – so am I. But the game is done, it’s done now. Let’s move on.”

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Confusion had arisen after Warrington had named Adam Holroyd among their four substitutes. The Wolves insisted the second row had been in their original 21-man squad named earlier in the week but not all parties agreed.

Burgess said: “I was told I was losing a substitution. I couldn’t understand why. My 21 got sent in earlier in the week. Everyone got it except the RFL, so Hull complained and I lost a sub pre-game.

“It’s just not good enough. There was a mess up but I don’t know what we are trying to do. We have got all these protocols around player safety but when anyone gets the chance to get one up on the other team – where is the common sense in that?”

In terms of the match action, winger Josh Thewlis overcame a head wound to score 20 points for the Wolves, including a hat-trick of tries.

Burgess said: “As wingers go he is pretty tough. He is one of the toughest wingers I have seen. That’s not saying too much – my other winger is out with a stubbed toe! But I thought it was a pretty good performance. I was happy we turned up physically. We played the conditions well and defensively we had more of a go this week.”

Hull caretaker coach Simon Grix felt there were signs of improvement from his side, who have still collected just two points from their 10 games this season.

Grix said: “The effort was good. It’s not nice to be on the losing side, we play to win and we are building towards that, there are positive signs, but Warrington had too much for us. They came up with plays that separated us. It was not quite enough and we made some errors.”

Hull enjoyed a lift before the game after announcing the signing of Leigh captain John Asiata for next season.

Grix said: “He is one of the best players in the competition. I don’t want to say the word statement because there’s a lot more work to do yet, but bagging John early is good news for us.”