Sky Sports pundits Jon Wilkin and Jon Wells slam Leeds Rhinos’ controversial try in Wigan Warriors win

Leeds Rhinos were fantastic in their 42-12 win over the Wigan Warriors last night.

The West Yorkshire club defied their critics to emphatically put a Wigan side that had scored 60 points without reply against Hull FC last week to the sword.

However, in the second-half, Leeds were awarded a controversial try in their fixture that ended up having a massive bearing on the end result.

24-6 up at half-time, Ash Handley was presented with a major breakaway chance – his second of the game. He was hauled down a metre short from the line after a superb Liam Marshall tackle.

However, Harry Newman dived through Handley’s legs to score, much to the chagrin of the Wigan players.

Referee Liam Moore sent the decision up to video referee James Child with a try on the field, but Child couldn’t find any evidence to overturn the try despite Newman scoring through Handley’s legs.

And, for Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin, he couldn’t believe the try was given in the end: “It’s not a try, Newman has gone through his legs and Liam Marshall is obstructed by Handley. It can’t be a try because it could set a precedent for referees.

Sky Sports analyst Jon Wells echoed those sentiments.

“We’ve got to get these right, it’s an error,” Wells said.

“Liam Marshall can’t get a clear run at tackling Harry Newman and that’s a textbook no try.”

It was a catastrophic night for Wigan and Matt Peet who scored just one try in either half, despite scoring on average of 40 points in the past six games.

Peet acknowledged that the Warriors were second best against a tough opponent, but opposing boss Rohan Smith was in a buoyant mood as Leeds cut the gap to the play-offs to just one point.

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