Harris questions referee

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Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Salford coach Iestyn Harris suggested Wigan had benefited from a home decision after his side were edged out at the DW Stadium.

The Red Devils were beaten 19-12 in a tight First Utility Super League clash after the lacklustre Warriors recovered from being 12-0 down.

The home side benefited from two controversial tries in the second half and Harris was particularly irked by the decisive score from Dan Sarginson.

Sarginson was ruled to have touched down in an in-goal scramble by referee Joe Cobb but Salford’s Theo Fages felt he had made the first contact.

Harris, a former Wigan assistant coach, said: “The in-goal touch judge gave a drop-out. He is right there on the spot and he (the referee) goes with a touch judge that is 20 metres away.

“That was frustrating for us and disappointing but it’s Wigan away. I’ve been in that dressing room and you tend to get those decisions when you are in that dressing room.”

Wigan coach Shaun Wane was bemused by Harris’ complaints and suggested his former number two had bigger problems to concern himself about.

Salford remain three points adrift of the top-eight positions and their week has been dominated by headlines about colourful owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s latest promised big signings.

Wane said: “That sounds to me like an absolute cop-out, but I wouldn’t expect anything else.

“That was a dead-set try. If he is moaning about one try – just worry about other things. I am amazed at that comment. He doesn’t need to worry about things like that.”

Wigan were beaten by Salford earlier in the season and Wane was anxious to ensure his side did not suffer another defeat to the Red Devils.

The Warriors trailed 6-0 at half-time following a Corey Paterson score and fell further behind when Josh Griffin crossed. Joe Burgess began the fightback and Liam Farrell levelled after he was contentiously ruled to have been onside from a kick and grounded the ball.

Wane, whose side moved back within a point of Super League leaders St Helens, said: “Half-time was really simple – very loud. That is the most I have ever freaked out, probably. I think I have lost a year of my life there.

“That was a must-win game. I wasn’t bothered about playing well or bad. I wanted to win the game. I didn’t want to be in a great game, play well and get pipped by a point by them.

“Bad or good I wanted two points. That was a non-negotiable, life-or-death win. We had to win. That is why I was so animated at half-time.”

Harris was pleased the resilience shown by his side has they attempted to fend off Wigan’s comeback.

He said: “Wigan threw a lot at us and we defended reasonably well. We repelled a lot of what they threw at us and a couple of ricochets got us.

“We certainly have to do a lot of improvement with ball in hand but the attitude of the players was spot on.”

Published: Saturday 20th June 2015 by The News Editor

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