Gladiators on strike after row with RFL

Rugby League Conference East regional action between Sudbury Gladiators and Bury Titans

Rugby League Conference East regional action between Sudbury Gladiators and Bury Titans

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SUDBURY Gladiators bid for the Conference East title in their maiden season has come under threat – after their players went on strike.

The promotion hopefuls were meant to play a derby at Bury Titans on Saturday, but the game had to be postponed after Sudbury’s players said they were left unhappy about the RFL governing body’s handling of a complaint they made against another team.

An incident in the match at Northampton Demons A last week led to Sudbury’s player-coach Andy Hunter filing an official complaint, but his players reacted angrily when he told them he had not had not had an adequate response, despite contacting them several times.

Bury were not awarded the points on Saturday, despite Sudbury saying they were prepared to concede them, and now the incident has left Sudbury’s involvement in a crucial top-of-the-table at Bedford Tigers on Saturday uncertain.

Hunter said: “The RFL have not replied to me and the players have understandably gone on strike.

“I am annoyed at the RFL not doing anything.”

He added he would be speaking to his players at training but was not sure if they will definitely be taking to the pitch at Bedford on Saturday, despite what is at stake with three games to play.

“I reckon we will be able to get a team together,” said Hunter.

“We need to cut out our mistakes from the first fixture (a home loss) where we were lazy and play our expansive game of rugby.”

Half-backs Colin Humphreys and Scott Sarson should be available and Hunter sees the pair as key to Sudbury’s promotion run-in.

The RFL were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.