“This isn’t football” – Super League star called out for diving

With Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers colliding as well as Warrington Wolves heading over to Salford Red Devils it was a huge weekend of action with the pressure high with just two games to go after today.

Pressure can make players desperate for the edge and the Red Devils nearly got that as Brodie Croft carved the Warrington defence up before a sublime offload.

The ball was kicked ahead for Ryan Brierley but as he chased it he felt some contact and went to ground.

This came after what Liam Moore described as “shoulder to shoulder” contact.

Mark Wilson on commentary said: “We’re not playing football Ryan.”

This came in a game where the tempers flared frequently with an altercation between Brad Singleton and Paul Vaughan.

This led to Liam Moore dressing them down as you could hear on Channel 4:

“Listen to me, you’re both experienced players, two senior blokes on this field, no listen to me whilst I’m talking.

“What I don’t need is afters at scrums. Lets settle down and if you don’t I’ll get involved.”

After the scrum, Warrington would pay the price for a Peter Mata’utia knock on with Ben Hellewell hitting a great line to carve through and score.

In the heat with two open and attacking sides meeting you always expected a lot of points in the meeting between the two and it only took a matter of minutes until we saw the opening try as a kick from Josh Drinkwater was fumbled by George Burgess straight into the hands of Matty Nicholson to score.

Salford looked to hit back straight away and gave the ball to Deon Cross in space. He cut inside squeezed through and went to ground the ball. There was a suspicion that he had dropped the ball so it was sent up to the video referee as a try where it was determined he had been tackled so a penalty was awarded.

There was another try disallowed at the other end when Paul Vaughan twisted and turned his way towards the try line but as he reached over he lost control of the ball.

This gave Salford the chance to level matters when after a Peter Mata’utia knock on a good line from Ben Hellewell allowed the backrower to carve through and score.

Warrington had the chance to move further clear when they kicked the ball wide and it was batted back to George Williams. He volleyed it but it went dead. Had he caught it or hit it with less venom it would have been a certain try.

Then an error from Stefan Ratchford bringing it out of his own end led to a simple try from Brodie Croft.