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Reports: Former Super League officials agree huge decision was incorrect

Wigan come out to the field of play.

During the first round of the Betfred Super League, there was a shocking moment when Castleford Tigers player, Liam Watts, was sent off for making direct contact with the head of Tyler Dupree during a tackle.

Joe Westerman was also involved in the tackle. The match took place in the rain at the Jungle and was more like a swamp. The Wigan Warriors, who are the Super League Champions, were playing against Castleford Tigers.

There were some questionable decisions made by the referee and video referee in light of the new rules in 2024. Kaide Ellis made contact with an opponent’s head, but he escaped a card since his back was bent during the contact. Additionally, Harry Smith was sin binned for accidentally tipping Luke Hooley onto his head during a tackle.

The incident involving Liam Watts was the biggest moment of the match. He was sent off for making direct contact with Tyler Dupree’s head during the tackle. Tyler Dupree was ducking down, and Watts’ shoulder made contact with his head. This incident has raised concerns about the new rules and the role of the referees and video referees in enforcing them.

Furthermore, Castleford Tigers Head Coach Craig Lingard has said that the video referee advised that Watts not be the only player sent off. He advised Harry Smith to be red carded for the tip tackle and now the Game Caller is reporting that other officials have agreed that referee Tom Grant should have listened to the video referee.

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Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors Picture by Allan McKenzie/ – 17/02/2024 – Rugby League – Betfred Super League Round 1 – Castleford Tigers v Wigan Warriors – the Mend A Hose Jungle, Castleford, England – Castleford s Joe Westerman leads his side out against Wigan. Castleford Mend A Hose Jungle England

In the opening game between Hull FC and Hull KR, Herman Ese’ese was the first player to receive a sin bin penalty for a high shot, in accordance with the new rules.

Following this, Franklin Pele was sent off for a swinging arm, and Ligi Sao was also sent off, while Matt Parcell was sin binned.

In the match at Headingley, Ryan Brierley received a sin bin penalty for a high tackle on his friend Brodie Croft. Similarly, in the game between Leigh Leopards and Huddersfield Giants, Ricky Leutele was sin binned for a late hit, and John Asiata was also shown a yellow card.

After the dismissal of Momirovski, Amir Bourouh of Salford became the ninth player to be carded.
Two additional cards were shown at the game at the Jungle.



  1. Roger connally

    February 19, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    What is the outcome of today’s panel does Harry Smith have his yellow card changed to a red card

  2. Peter ramsden

    February 19, 2024 at 7:52 pm

    The harry smith tackle was disgusting, the recipient could have been confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life

    • Xxx

      February 20, 2024 at 6:46 pm

      Let’s play tig and pass should be no red cards.the game has gone soft it’s a joke.

  3. Shane byford

    February 21, 2024 at 7:42 am

    The RFL the ref’s are destroying the rugby league with all these new rules coming in. Have the RFL AND THE REF’S gone soft take the game of rugby back to the days when there was no video ref and play the game how it should be because how the rugby is playing know their isn’t going to be any players left on the field.

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