Crucial red card decision explained

Wigan Warriors and Hull KR served up a brilliant Challenge Cup semi-final yesterday at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium.

In the end the game was decided in golden point with the 80 minutes ending at 10-10.

Then in golden point Brad Schneider nailed the decisive drop goal to win the game and send Hull KR to Wembley where they will meet Leigh Leopards in the capital.

Schneider nailed a drop goal last week against Leeds Rhinos at the same ground.

That was one of the main moments but the other was went Joe Shorrocks was sent off for a high tackle on Mikey Lewis.

Many have slammed the decision, including Sam Tomkins and Ryan Brierley.

However, the decision can be explained as simply as this. From the footage, video referee Ben Thaler felt that Shorrocks’ shoulder made contact with the chin of Mikey Lewis which constitutes “direct contact with the head” which we have seen again and again is a straight red card.

The game has been a pulsating affair in the wet. The Robins could have been forgiven for feeling hard done by when Ryan Hall pulled out of the side late before kick-off but they stood up to early pressure before a delightful scrum move saw Louis Senior slide in at the corner.

Hall’s injury saw Mikey Lewis moved to fullback and Ethan Ryan moved to the wing. Lewis showed his worth with amazing footwork to confuse the Wigan chasers when they looked to trap him in goal.

Hull KR had the better of the first half but they were behind when Jai Field was given enough space to weave through and score in the corner.

Up against it at this point in the game, Shaun Kenny-Dowall turned the game when he intercepted but sadly he couldn’t go the distance but the Robins were now building pressure.

After absorbing a spell of pressure themselves, Wigan went down field and nailed a penalty to make it 8-4.

As aforementioned, the Warriors have now added to their lead after a second penalty from Harry Smith, his third goal of the game to give them a 10-4 lead which was cancelled out by an Ethan Ryan try.

A deserved win for Hull KR and a special performance from the Robins in a brilliant semi-final, there is no getting away from the red card as the game’s big moment in the contest.