Hull KR boss Tony Smith has his say on Wigan Warriors' forward passes in build-up to vital try

Tony Smith refused to blame the officials for missing two forward passes in the build-up to Wigan's match-turning try.

Friday, 9th August 2019, 10:27 pm
Updated Friday, 9th August 2019, 11:27 pm
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The game was level 18-18 on the hour-mark when Joe Burgess squeezed over for his 100th touchdown for the club.

Wigan then powered on, scoring two further tries to claim a 36-18 win against Hull KR.

Video replays appeared to confirm two forward passes in the build-up to Burgess' try.

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Robins coach Smith admitted it was a turning point but said: "They were forward - but this isn't a whinge.

"I'm not complaining about it - we made more mistakes than any official tonight. It's a tough job."

Smith admitted he "absolutely" rested key player Danny McGuire to protect him for next week's game against Wakefield.

His side, battling against the threat of relegation, gave a good account of themselves in the first-half when they were level 12-12.

"I'm proud of the effort we put in but we made too many crucial errors and some of our game-management wasn't quite right," he added.

"We contributed to our own downfall, rather than being bullied or out-played."