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Revealed: What shocked Joe Shorrocks said after stunning red card decision

Liam Moore gives Joel Shorrocks a red card.

Wigan Warriors have been reduced to 12 men as they battle Hull KR for a place at Wembley in the Challenge Cup Final at Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium.

The incident came at the start of the second half when stand in fullback Mikey Lewis, moved from the bench to the number one spot before kick off due to the injury to Ryan Hall, fielded a long kick by the Warriors.

As the livewire stand off darted back towards the Wigan defence he was greeted by Joe Shorrocks on the 30 metre line.

Shorrocks hit with a full blooded tackle in what was his first notable interaction since coming onto the field for the Warriors at the interval.

Liam Moore waved play on but as Lewis struggled to get to his feet the incident was refereed to video referee Ben Thaler who spotted that Shorrocks’ shoulder had made contact with Mikey Lewis’ chin.

This constituted “contact with the head” and therefore the red card.

When the red card was shown to Shorrocks by Moore, he could be heard on the referee’s mic on BBC Two saying “shut up.”

The Robins could have been forgiven for feeling hard done by when Ryan Hall pulled out of the side late before kick-off but they stood up to early pressure before a delightful scrum move saw Louis Senior slide in at the corner.

Hall’s injury saw Mikey Lewis moved to fullback and Ethan Ryan moved to the wing. Lewis showed his worth with amazing footwork to confuse the Wigan chasers when they looked to trap him in goal.

Hull KR had the better of the first half but they were behind when Jai Field was given enough space to weave through and score in the corner.

Up against it at this point in the game, Shaun Kenny-Dowall turned the game when he intercepted but sadly he couldn’t go the distance but the Robins were now building pressure.

After absorbing a spell of pressure themselves, Wigan went down field and nailed a penalty to make it 8-4 at halftime.

The game is now interestingly poised with Shaun Kenny-Dowall sin binned for taking out a Wigan chaser and Harry Smith nailed the penalty.

Rovers did get back into the game though when SKD returned to the field with the skipper playing a pivotal role in the try that Ethan Ryan scored in the corner.

With the game tied at 10-10 it went to golden point and at that point the effect of Shorrock’s red card paid dividends with not enough kick pressure to prevent Hull KR’s new star Brad Schneider from kicking a 40 metre drop goal to send Rovers to Wembley, courtesy of an 11-10 win.

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