We need our refs to be strong, says Wane

Hull KR's Greg Burke is tackled by Wigan Warriors' John Bateman and Taulima Tautai

Hull KR's Greg Burke is tackled by Wigan Warriors' John Bateman and Taulima Tautai

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SHAUN Wane hopes Wigan are officiated by a “strong referee” tomorrow – after claiming the RFL admitted his players were harshly treated in their last outing.

Warriors conceded 13 penalties in a 22-20 loss at Hull KR on Sunday – making them Super League’ most indisciplined team after three rounds, with 26.

I don’t think it’s personal against Wigan. Like players, the refs are finding their feet, and finding it hard to be consistent

Shaun Wane

But asked was he worried about his players’ discipline ahead of the trip to Castleford, he said: “I spoke to the RFL, so it’s not concerning me any more.

“I’ll always be into my players about being squeaky clean... but I’ve no concerns about that now.”

When pressed whether he had been told some of the penalties were incorrectly awarded, he added: “Yeah, they’ve told me that – and the last try they scored shouldn’t have been.”

Keiran Dixon scooted from a messy play-the-ball to bag a converted try to swing the result in the Robins’ favour.

Wane wants a greater level of consistency from the officials, but admits referees must find it difficult in hostile grounds.

“I don’t think it’s personal against Wigan. Like players, the refs are finding their feet, and finding it hard to be consistent,” he said.

“I don’t ring up Jon Sharp whingeing, I want them to be fair for everyone. You need strong referees. It was the same as when we went to Catalans last year, it was a fight-fest and James Child was strong.

“I have refereed, so I know what a tough job it is.”

Tim Roby has been placed in charge of tomorrow’s Round Four clash.