Warrington were narrow 27-26 winners over Leeds last night, but one moment in particular had social media talking.
It was, of course, the decision by video referee Robert Hicks to award a try to Josh Charnley, despite there being no evidence that the ball had touched the ground. But, just how did social media react?
Here is the footage of the ‘try’:
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Warrington are back on level terms, but should have Josh Charnley's try stood?
— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) August 1, 2021
Most couldn’t believe what they had just seen, with former Super League prop Eorl Crabtree amongst them.
— Eorl Crabtree (@BigEorl) August 1, 2021
Another neutral wanted the on-field referee’s call to be scrapped.
Get rid of the on field decision, Never a try
— Bradley Finan (@brad18finan9) August 1, 2021
Another called for more accountability from the video referee.
There really needs to be some repercussions for such a bad decision. There was clear evidence the ball didn’t touch the ground. We all accept the difficult job of the ref – but the video ref??? The problem is that there appears to be no accountability so bad decisions continue
— Mark Forshaw (@m_forshaw1969) August 1, 2021
One person called it a “clanger”.
I agree the on field call rule from the ref should be scrapped, but that had nothing to do with this one.
Was just another blatant obvious clanger, again.
— Mark Gibson (@MarkGib150984) August 1, 2021
Huddersfield Giants forward Chris McQueen brought out the funny stats.
According to Google there’s currently 7,874,965,825 people on Earth right now, and 7,874,965,824 would watch this and see it’s clearly not a try🤯🤯🤯
— Chris McQueen (@McQueen1070) August 1, 2021
Even a Warrington supporter couldn’t help but hide his disbelief.
Even as a Wire fan, that was an embarrassing decision
— Bri (@briancorley95) August 1, 2021
Another supporter didn’t exactly hold back.
Is this even a question? The sports on its arse
— Ste Dearden (@dearden_91) August 1, 2021
Another three felt the decision was symptomatic of the game as a whole.
Games on its fucking arse. No wonder people don’t bother with it anymore
— Andy Walker (@AndyW051022) August 1, 2021
— Josh Jackson (@joshjacksonlrfc) August 1, 2021
Reason why people are slowly watching less rugby 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/iQ0E8Z3E4U
— Kieron Turner (@kieron12375) August 1, 2021
One supporter even called it “the worst decision” he has seen.
One of the worst decisions I’ve seen. On field decision is terrible. Games dead https://t.co/CafheE9yF3
— Gareth (@Gareth__Dobson) August 1, 2021