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Wigan Warriors boss Matt Peet blasts Adam Keighran and discusses appeal stance

Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet had no sympathy for his centre Adam Keighran who was shown a red card in Saturday afternoon’s game against Warrington Wolves.

The Australian was sent off for a shocking shoulder into the head of young Warrington centre Arron Lindop with 10 minutes to go at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, an action that will likely see Keighran suspended for next Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final.

It was a blow for Wigan boss Peet, whose side struggled to a 19-18 win over a young Wolves side in a dress rehearsal for next weekend’s showdown at Wembley.

Warrington head coach Sam Burgess opted to make 11 changes for the game, while Peet went with a much stronger squad. That decision may have backfired though now following Keighran’s sending off.

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Wigan Warriors boss discusses “poor” red card

Speaking after the game, Peet was blunt in his assessment of the incident involving Keighran and admitted there is a chance it could ‘cost him’ a chance to play at Wembley next Saturday.

“I thought it was poor from him to be honest,” said Peet. “He has done things like this before and I have spoken to him about it.

“He’s going to be disappointed in his actions there. I think there was some mitigation but he has to be tidier than that. He will be the first one to put his hands up and it might cost him.”

Sky Sports presenter Jenna Brooks then asked Peet if he would consider appealing the red card shown to Keighran by referee Jack Smith, to which he responded: “I am not sure yet, we’ll see.”

Peet admits “better team lost”

Speaking on the game itself in his post-match chat on Sky Sports, Peet was also exceptionally honest in admitting that he though Warrington deserved to win the game.

It was a morale victory for the Wolves who were expected to be taken apart by a much stronger Wigan side, and Peet was accepting of the fact his side were poor for most of the encounter.

“I thought Warrington were the better team for most of the game, they were unlucky not to win,” admitted Peet.

“I like the fact we won, but we did some poor things. Take nothing away from Warrington, they had a young team out.

“Good day for them and a difficult day for us. We will love on quick, we won’t dwell on it. It was about two points and getting the minutes in. I suppose that’s what we achieved.”

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