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Salford Red Devils boss calls out officials over controversial call

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The Wigan Warriors produced a ruthless performance against the Salford Red Devils to win 26-6. Wigan completed at 100% in the first half, as they kept up the pace with their title rivals but an incident in that first half has got Salford boss Paul Rowley asking questions.

Both sides met in Super League earlier this season with Wigan nicking that game late on as a failed short goal-line drop-out in the final ten minutes gave Wigan the territory they needed to build pressure and punch in two late scores to keep their then-unbeaten run going.

Matt Peet’s side would go on to lose that streak but they’ve been impressive since their last loss to Hull KR, even managing to get one back on the Robins in the Challenge Cup semi-finals to book a spot at Wembley for next month.

As for Salford, the defeat marks two in a row during a season of ups and downs, however, they never really looked like getting into the game yesterday as three first-half tries set Wigan on the road to victory, with Adam Keighran, Junior Nsemba and Brad O’Neil crossing for the men in Cherry and White.

Ollie Partington hit back early in the second half but Keighran’s boot ensured it was a three score game before a late Bevan French try rounded off the win but it wasn’t one without its controversy as Paul Rowley teed off in his post-game press conference.

Salford Red Devils boss calls out officials for error

Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley turned down Hull FC

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It was the successive tries in the first half that killed the Salford Red Devils off with Wigan moving from 6-0 to 18-0 almost instantly. That was aided by the fact that Wigan scored their third try whilst the Red Devils only had 12 men on the pitch.

When Junior Nsemba powered over just after the 20-minute mark the youngster ran over the top of Marc Sneyd prompting him to require treatment, however, the referee Tom Grant went a step further and showed a green card.

A green card can only be administered at a doctor or trainer’s request but Salford didn’t ask for one according to Paul Rowley. The green card meant Marc Sneyd had to leave the field for two minutes, during which time Wigan added another try and the Red Devils’ chances looked to slip away.

“We weren’t confused: it wasn’t a green card – we didn’t ask for play to be stopped,” Salford’s coach, Paul Rowley, said. “There was no doctor on the field. I think they realised it was wrong.”

Explaining further, Rowley said: “Sneydy did get stamped on but I’ve seen the replay and I don’t think it was intentional. I don’t think there was any foul play in there at all. but it’s a tough sport, we use that phrase gladiatorial, and now you’re getting punished for being injured, as well.

“We’ve already been punished as a side because he’s been down for 30 seconds while he’s been injured, and then they take him for two minutes. I thought there were some harsh calls but it’s not the reason we lost.”

Defeat means Salford don’t further the buffer between themselves and Leeds Rhinos with a two point-gap remaining the difference between sixth and seventh. It also means Wigan returns joint-top of Super League alongside St Helens and Warrington Wolves.

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  1. Jaybs

    May 27, 2024 at 11:06 am

    Many felt it was for another reason! But Salford would not admit to it! Salford were not in the same league as Wigan, and Rowley should accept that, not looking to 2 make an feeble excuse!

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