Despite a valiant effort, Matt Peet’s Wigan Warriors came up short against Hull KR in the Challenge Cup semi-final at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium.
It was certainly a valiant effort the way Wigan were able to hang in there with 12 men and still force the game to golden point extra time.
This is why Matt Peet was so proud of his players as he said after the game: “I’m proud of my team, obviously it hurts that we don’t get to go to Wembley. It hurts for the players, the town, everyone involved in the club, all the supporters.
“That’s where the pain comes because they don’t get to enjoy that wonderful experience. But I remain proud of the players. It’s a mixture of the two things.”
The big moment of the game was when Joe Shorrocks was sent off for a high tackle on Mikey Lewis.
Peet had his say and questioned how Mikey Lewis stayed on the pitch despite the fact he seemed so dazed:
“I don’t think I’m going to make any comment on it to be honest. It is a big call in a big game.
“I don’t know how if the player is that dazed, I don’t know how he stays on after a head injury assessment.
“The referee makes the call, it is what it is.”
When asked about Joe Shorrock’s reaction he said:
“He’s upset and confused, a partisan crowd, a referee from Wigan who feels under the spotlight.
“We just have to be better and deal with it.”
He was also asked if a different official should have been appointed:
“I am not commenting on that, it was a massive call and I wonder if that was a sin bin would everyone say it should have been a red.
“It was a big call to make, that and Mikey Lewis didn’t get checked out even though he was staggering all over the place.
“If that was our player we would have brought him off.”
Now Wigan have to focus on Super League whilst Hull KR go all guns blazing for the Challenge Cup against Leigh Leopards.