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Paul Sculthorpe claims potential game defining decision was “wrong”

It was a brilliant weekend of rugby league but despite the huge games on Sunday as Leeds Rhinos took on Salford Red Devils and Hull KR and Hull FC met in a Hull derby, the best day could have been Friday night with crucial defeats to Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors.

The Warriors were stunned by Wakefield Trinity in a game that heaped the pressure on Castleford Tigers.

The Tigers now just have a two point lead on Trinity in the relegation battle after their defeat to Leigh Leopards.

But despite the relegation drama, the game of the day and potentially the weekend came between Warrington and St Helens.

Warrington started brilliantly sending some warning shots with two Matt Dufty breaks as well as a break from Matty Ashton over the left edge.

On the back of one of these breaks the Wolves got a penalty and took the two to take the lead.

That was cancelled out by Mark Percival. He was put into space by good play from Lewis Dodd and he carved through the edge defence of the Wolves striding out of Matty Russell’s effort to tackle him before wrong footing Matt Dufty to score.

However, the Wolves didn’t trail for too long with a lovely edge play putting Matty Ashton in at the corner as Konrad Hurrell and Will Hopoate were caught out.

But soon Saints would score a real champion try when an inside ball from Dodd allowed Jack Welsby to carve through and then support play from Jonny Lomax and James Bell so the latter cross.

In the second half the Wolves looked up against it until a brilliant Matty Ashton intercept saw the winger dart down field to score a sensational try.

Warrington then took the lead with a penalty before a brilliant break down the left through Ben Currie led to a sensational Matt Dufty try.

However they say never write off the Saints. We saw that as the spine combined for two great tries carving through the inside shoulder of the Wolves defences with halfbacks Johnny Lomax and Lewis Dodd scoring the tries to seal the win.

Those were the match winning tries but the match winning moment was perhaps when Konrad Hurrell won a penalty for a ball strip in a decision that Sky pundits disagreed with.

They felt it was a knock on and should have given the Wolves a last attacking chance to win the game.

Paul Sculthorpe said: “I think he has got that wrong. I don’t think that’s a strip, the ball just squeezes out.”

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