IT'S GOOD TO TALK

Leeds Rhinos boss Tony Smith today welcomed talks between Super League’s coaches and top referees.

Leeds Rhinos boss Tony Smith today welcomed talks between Super League's coaches and top referees. All 12 Super League clubs were represented at a summit meeting in Huddersfield with referees' controller Stuart Cummings and his leading officials. There has been controversy over refereeing standards already this season, with Castleford coach Graham Steadman blasting Ronnie Laughton for his handling of Tigers' defeat at Huddersfield Giants. But Smith said he believes last night's meeting has calmed the waters. "It was a useful discussion and very productive," Smith told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "It is well worthwhile doing these things. We got a better understanding of what we are all after, the interpretation of the rules and what is acceptable and what's not. "We are all trying to work together to get a better game and that's the important thing to come out of it." Cummings said: "It was a very positive event with chance to discuss areas of concern to both referees and clubs."