Wane: RFL admit video calls were wrong

John Bateman shrugs off Kevin Sinfield last Friday night
John Bateman shrugs off Kevin Sinfield last Friday night

SHAUN Wane says RFL officials have “held their hands up” and admitted video referees made incorrect decisions in their loss at Leeds.

The Rhinos scored three first-half tries to take a 20-4 lead into half-time which all had question marks over them – and were all given the green-light by the official.

The refs are under the pump, but when the video ref gets it wrong, that’s frustrating. But we all make errors, unfortunately they all went against us that night

Shaun Wane

Warriors went on to lose the game 25-18.

“That’s the easiest job of the lot, the video ref’, and they got it wrong a couple of times,” he said.

“It’s something the RFL need to fix up. I’ve had a chat to them and they’re looking into it. They agreed with me, which is double the kick in the backside.

“It was poor (because) every single decision went against us, which is disappointing.

“The RFL have held their hands up and supported me, but we still lost the game.”

Kevin Sinfield appeared to knock-on in the build-up to two of Leeds’ first-half tries, though the video referee could not rule on one of those incidents – they can only go back as far as the last play-the-ball before a try. Video officials ruled the second ‘knock on’ had travelled backwards.

Wane says he had more tolerance for errors made by the match referee, who must make snap decisions, than those who have the benefit of slow-motion, multiple angle replays.

“Refereeing is not an easy job,” said Wane. “The refs are under the pump, but when the video ref gets it wrong, that’s frustrating. But we all make errors, unfortunately they all went against us that night.

“There’ll be a game when we get the rub of the green, and I’m hoping it’s an important one.”

Currently, only live televised games feature video referees and Wane admits he prefers being involved in the games without the extra officials.

“The game loses momentum (with video referees),” he said.

“If they went at it quicker and got it wrong - with the intention of getting the game going again - then I could half-understand that.”

“We like tempo games, the faster it is, the more it suits us better and teams don’t like playing against us.”

Props Dom Crosby and Taulima Tautai, as well as Burgess, will come back into the frame for Friday’s clash at Warrington. Teenage centre Oliver Gildart may also be in line for a Wigan debut.