Richard Silverwood claims crucial Challenge Cup try should “clearly” have been disallowed

Leigh Leopards and Hull KR are headed to the Challenge Cup Final after they defeated St Helens and Wigan Warriors respectively in the semi-finals at the homes of Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos in two great semi-finals.

They were both close games and were certainly not without controversy.

A lot of focus will undoubtedly be placed upon the red card at Headingley but there have been questions brought up from the clash between Leigh and St Helens as well not least the decisive Leigh Leopards try from Zak Hardaker.

Hardaker chased down a grubber from Lachlan Lam but there was also a race between Tom Briscoe and Tee Ritson who were shoulder to shoulder.

Speaking on social media, former official Richard Silverwood claimed the try should have been disallowed:

“I’ve only just seen this. Head scratcher. Clearly a shove from Briscoe. Penalty Saints for me.”

We have seen these penalised in the past – just as Tom Briscoe himself in the 2017 Grand Final for Leeds Rhinos against Castleford Tigers – however this one was regarded as a “genuine contest” by the official which seems like the fair and logical call.

It would prove crucial as Leigh claimed a narrow win over the Saints.

It has been a basic contest but in the best possible way. The two teams are in a real battle royal as Saints pack dominate and roll the Leopards down field magnificently but Leigh hang in defensively exceptionally.

They did concede a relatively soft try to departing St Helens star Joey Lussick who burrowed over from close range for the opening try.

He has been excellent nailing a 40/20 from inside his own 20 metres and reaching the Leigh 10 metres with one of the best kicks you will see.

Leigh have produced some outstanding defensive efforts such as when Edwin Ipape intercepted an Agnatius Paasi offload and when Josh Charnley forced the ball out of Tommy Makinson’s arms as he dived in at the corner.

That was bettered by Zak Hardaker’s late try saver on Jonny Lomax.

Lomax did score eventually but it would be crucially out wide with Tommy Makinson missing the attempt at goal.

With Reynolds kicking the goal earlier in the game after a Sione Mata’utia yellow card on the 60th minute.