How on earth has he come up with a try? Coach reacts to controversial Charnley score

Josh Charnley (5) of Warrington Wolves goes over for a try

Leeds coach Richard Agar was perplexed by the decision to award Warrington’s Josh Charnley with a crucial try in their 27-26 defeat on Sunday night.

Charnley’s try, subsequently converted by Stefan Ratchford, levelled the scores at 18-all, but there was huge controversy over it, with replays appearing to show that the former Wigan man failed to get the ball down and was instead held up by Brad Dwyer.

Referee Chris Kendall sent it up to the video referee as a try, who determined there was insufficient evidence to overturn the decision.

Agar said: “You just wonder what they’re looking at.

“Robert Hicks was the video referee when we played Catalans in the play-offs last year and Michael McIlorum knocked out Brad Dwyer.

“He didn’t see the foul and at this point, I cannot see from all the replays we saw that was evidence that the ball touched the floor.

“I know it went up as a try but there is evidence, from every single angle, that the ball absolutely didn’t get down – nowhere near.

“How on earth he’s come up as a try I’m just not sure.”


    • Everyone, inc professionals (even Briers) in the game agreed that here was enough evidence for the VR to overrule the on field decision.

    • If the ref sends it up as a try the VR has to have positive evidence that it wasn’t grounded, not if it was! Thems the rules. If VR cannot see either way it goes with the ref, who must have seen something to send it up as a trt

  1. I’m hull kr but how could kendall say try when he simply could not see from where he was this bloke is à law to himself just as he was when video ref hull kr v huddersfield

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