Phil Clarke says “controversial” Chris Kendall call favoured Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors defeated Warrington Wolves last night in a captivating game.

Warrington had the better of the first half but were only on level terms come halftime.

They scored the opening try after seven minutes through James Harrison as the prop backed up Daryl Clark as he probed having been released by an offload and Harrison hit a gap and crashed over.

Wigan would eventually level matters when a delightful Bevan French pass picked out Liam Marshall to scamper in.

Warrington came straight back into it however as Clark would score himself this time dummying over after isolating Patrick Mago but that score was cancelled out by a delightful move from the Warriors from deep inside their half.

However, Warrington could have felt aggrieved at the break as Wigan’s first try had come from a controversial penalty when the Wolves were penalised for offside from a Ben Currie kick that no Wigan player looked like catching.

Phil Clarke labelled it a “controversial call” as he said on Sky Sports: “It was a controversial call. The rules state that players have to be outside 10 metres of the player waiting to catch the ball.

“Your definition there of if any Wigan players there were going to catch the ball is debateable and you could argue that Ben Currie, who kicked the ball, had gotten them back onside but the official said they are offside and Wigan took full advantage.”

There was more controversy in the second half as Paul Vaughan was penalised with possession.

He took a step towards Brad O’Neill after some afters on the ground and was penalised for it much to the dismay of Jon Wilkin who said on Sky Sports that it was a “shocking decision.”

Wilkin said: “That’s a shocker. What? That’s not a penalty. He has just had someone rub his head on the ground, and he has gotten up and walked towards him.

“What is that now a penalty? It is a penalty if you walk towards someone with intent in your eyes?

“It is a shocking decision from Chris Kendall.”

Wigan went on to win 26-12.