Rugby League: League rejects Saints' appeal

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The Rugby Football League have dismissed St Helens' pro- tests about the extra time played in their World Club Championship match with Cronulla.

Because of a time-keeping error, the first half was extended by 3min 44sec, during which Cronulla scored a converted try.

Saints, who lost 48-8, drop- ped from fourth to fifth in the European Pool A table on points difference and lodged an official complaint. But the RFL yesterday ruled that the result will stand and reminded clubs that they are responsible for the timing of matches.

The director of referees, Greg McCallum, said: "While we appreciate St Helens' disappointment, we cannot in any way overrule the final score. It was an unfortunate situation and one of the fortunes of sport."