Warrington Wolves star signing Josh McGuire may not be available for Warrington Wolves’ opening fixture against Leeds Rhinos on February 16th after he was seemingly shown a red card today during Warrington Wolves’ 22-10 win over Leigh Leopards.
It is as of now a mystery why McGuire was sent off but the incident that saw McGuire leave the field not to be replaced came after man of the day Ben Currie celebrated the last try four minutes from time.
It was Currie’s testimonial and his and Peter Mata’utia’s late tries turned a 10-10 stalemate into a win for the Wolves but the Wire have been left concerned by the red card to star signing McGuire though no one is quite sure why the World Cup winning loose-forward was sent from the field.
McGuire was a key signing in revitalising the Wolves pack as Daryl Powell looks to build a new loom middle at Warrington in 2023.
The loose-forward of course takes on the number 13 shirt for the 2023 season but now may not feature against the Rhinos in Super League’s first game of 2023 in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
In terms of the game itself, it was Leigh who started the better. Josh Charnley scored the first try of the game against his former side after his centre partner Ricky Leutele had come up with a try saver at the other end.
Leutele was very much involved and produced a big hit shortly after but eventually the Wolves pulled themselves level bursting through with Stefan Ratchford finishing in the corner as the Wolves took a 6-4 lead.
Star signing from Leeds Rhinos Zak Hardaker had gone off but as he returned to the field another new recruit in Gareth O’Brien crossed to give Leigh the lead again with Hardaker converting the former Castleford Tigers man’s try.
That made the halftime score 10-6.
Warrington threatened early in the first half with a probing move coming to nothing as the ball went behind the attacking runners.
Leigh’s defence was standing tall as the Wolves piled on the pressure but eventually Daryl Clark levelled the scores for the Wolves leaving the game tied at 10-10.
Hardaker looked like he might win the contest for the Leopards but was denied by great cover defence.
The Leigh fullback was unable to emulate this tackle at the other end however in a crucial moment as his tackle failed to deny the onrushing Peter Mata’utia from giving Warrington the lead.
Then the contest was decided by the man of the hour Ben Currie who crossed four minutes from time to wrap up a 22-10 win.
Sadly the try was then marred by the aforementioned red card for new star Warrington Wolves signing Josh McGuire in the aftermath of the moment.
It is still unclear why referee Marcus Griffiths showed the red card.