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Rugby League

League backs Widnes pitch

The Rugby Football League says there is no cause for alarm over Widnes's new artificial pitch, despite complaints from players over cuts and grazes in its first match.

Following the match against Wakefield on Friday the Trinity full-back Richard Mathers posted pictures of his lacerated knees on his Twitter account. "The iPitch is an absolute joke," he said.

The League is waiting for a report from its match commissioner, but does not believe there is a long-term problem. "Initial reports are that injuries are no worse than on grass and not as bad as Saturday night at Salford," said RFL spokesman John Ledger.