“Amateur hour” – Ex Super League star slams Leigh Leopards over Sky Sports controversy

Last night those associated with Leigh Leopards were likely furious with a crucial disallowed try against Wigan Warriors.

This try was Oliver Gildart’s in the second half which would at least level matters and could have seen the Leopards have the chance to take the lead.

If they had, Wigan would have missed out on the League Leaders’ Shield and Leigh would have secured fourth spot.

After the game, because of their dissatisfaction with the decision, Leigh refused Sky Sports an interview with Adrian Lam.

Now former player Richard Mathers has slammed the club. He said on social media:

“Two things in same week. Same point stands. Amateur hour. Even more so when your being broadcast and requested to do the interview by the hand that feeds you/the game. Wonder why we are in the begging bowl for a TV deal. COME ON NOW.. Players, Fans deserve better.”

Leigh were under the pump in the opening quarter except for an early chance when they came up short with Ben Reynolds who was on the inside ball but couldn’t squeeze through.

There was a suspicion of a high tackle and that could have led to the first try had it been given.

Adrian Lam was clearly not happy about this spotted on Sky gesturing for the high tackle.

Shortly after that, Jai Field jinked and weaved his way through the Leigh defence wrong footing a number of Leigh fringe defenders to score the opener.

Down the left against a right edge without Zak Hardaker, Wigan were having plenty of joy and Jake Wardle came up only just short.

Leigh did roll down field for a chance of their own but Oliver Gildart was denied before a stray pass gave Wigan the ball and then a lovely set move saw Jai Field feed Wardle through a gap to score.

Leigh did have another chance but Josh Charnley was bundled into touch by Abbas Miski.

They did eventually get themselves a try after a lovely break down the left with Lachlan Lam finishing off under the stick with Ben Reynolds converting.

The second half depicted two top teams going blow for blow.

Wigan thought they had found a way through the Leopards defence when Jai Field ducked and darted through the defence but he was brought back for obstruction.

Then at the other end of the field straight after this Leigh thought they had scored with a lovely set play but a very slight obstruction was noticed by Liam Moore and insufficient evidence when the video referee looked back meant the try was denied.