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Paul Rowley describes controversial try as “dubious call”

Last night Wigan Warriors stormed to a 34-6 win over Leigh Leopards thanks to seven tries.

But they actually trailed 6-0 early on before tries from Bevan French and Jai Field gave them a 10-6 lead at the break.

However, the Field try was a bit controversial with replies showing that he might have let go of the ball despite the fact video referee Chris Kendall ruled to the contrary.

Speaking at the game on Sky Sports, former Leigh boss and current Salford Red Devils coach Paul Rowley called it a dubious call but said you would be disappointed if it wasn’t given:

“Dubious call there whether or not he grounded it, but you would be disappointed if that wasn’t giving.”

However, in the eyes of Sky Sports commentator Barrie McDermott, a former Wigan player, it was a try that shouldn’t have been given.

After Chris Kendall had green lit the try, McDermott said: “Are you happy he still had control of that ball as he put it down? I think there is a case to say that at some point he loses it.

“Chris Kendall is happy with it are you?”

Terry O’Connor, another former Warriors, answered: “Yeah.”

McDermott then gave his assessment of the try:

“You can see everyone moving towards the ball and their hips facing the wrong way and Jai Field exploits it.”

He then gave his opinion that Field lost the ball:

“Tom Briscoe does his best, gets it on his thigh but I think he lets go of the ball, it stays on his forearm lodged between his forearm and bicep.

“I think Leigh are unlucky.”

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