Twitter divided over Fages try, Griffin responds to Wilkin comment and Turner likened to NRL star – How social media reacted to yesterday’s rugby

In two brilliant, if at times controversial, semi-finals, St Helens and Castleford came out on top to book their places at Wembley on July 17th. St Helens showed tremendous steel to vanquish Hull whilst Castleford’s fire power blasted them to victory over Warrington. Well that was my view. What did social media think?

Let’s start with the weekend’s biggest talking point: Theo Fages’ crucial try. It gave St Helens a 12-point halftime lead. But that’s just how the history books will depict it. To us, it’ll always be remembered for the controversy it induced. As you will no doubt know, the try came following a Josh Griffin injury. He dropped the ball in agony and Fages picked it up and scored. Some questioned this and wondered if the try should have been awarded. In doing so, people suggested that the referee should’ve stopped play as soon as Griffin went down.

Some were of the opinion, as were plenty of pundits, that every player would’ve done as Fages did.

To Griffin’s credit, he didn’t moan about the situation and wished St Helens well.

Although he wasn’t best pleased with Jon Wilkin.

Unsurprisingly, questions were thrown the way of Fages himself.

However, even without the controversial try, Fages was outstanding and perhaps the difference between the two teams and he quite rightly received some praise.

Winger Regan Grace was equally impressive. He scored two very different very good tries that epitomised his growing strengths in this his best season yet.

As for Hull, a valiant effort ended in defeat. Some rivals fans were rather pleased to see them fail at the final hurdle before Wembley.

Some Hull fans were pleased with the effort but disappointed with the result and Griffin’s injury.

Some felt that the game was too similar to years gone by at Hull and even brought back an old hashtag.

As for Castleford’s victory, the Tigers got themselves in front with a blistering first half. Although some felt Warrington were unlucky with one particular try which was awarded by the video referee. It led some to question the principles behind the way we use the video referee.

In truth though the Tigers were a step above the Wolves in all departments and Twitter recognised it.

After facing some criticism in recent weeks – which was no doubt exacerbated by the fact his future lies at Warrington – it was a well deserved win for Powell and his team.

It was nevertheless inevitable that Twitter would find humour in the ‘Daryl Powell derby.’

Like Grace in the first semi, a winger was highly influential for Cas. Jordan Turner – who has been a brilliant signing – came up some vital tries which helped earn himself a place at Wembley against his former side. He devoted the success to his grandad as Twitter showered him in praise.

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1 year ago

The Referee should have blown up immediately, he was in a clear position to see how severe the injury was! and the player had not just dropped the ball! then Farage who I rate, to celebrate! was so unprofessional.