Adrian Lam was furious with the decision to award Warrington a controversial try in Wigan’s 21-8 defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Jake Mamo, who scored a hat-trick of tries in the Wolves’ 40-14 romp at the DW Stadium in June, was again their hero, pouncing for a controversial opportunist 80-metre try to seal victory in his side’s first game for three weeks.
Warrington were 14-8 ahead when winger Liam Marshall was knocked out chasing back to collect a loose ball. Warrington’s Josh Charnley then accidentally kicked Marshall, which then saw him suffer concussion and drop the ball. Mamo then raced 80 metres to score.
Lam said referee Robert Hicks was wrong not to refer Mamo’s late try to the video referee and believes he should have awarded a penalty instead for foul play by Charnley.
“I thought it was disgraceful,” Lam said. “We’re meant to be looking at the welfare of our players and the player got kicked on the head.
“Whether it was accidental or not, I don’t know but it’s a penalty and he should have stopped play and gone to the video referee.
“He could still have awarded the try going back through the footage. It was clear that he was knocked out.”
Price said he had no issue with the awarding of the try.
“You’ve got to play to the whistle,” he said. “It was totally accidental.”
Lam revealed Marshall failed his head injury assessment and will not play against Leigh on Sunday.
Wigan’s three-match winning run came to a halt but coach Adrian Lam was delighted with his players’ efforts.
“I thought we were outstanding,” Lam added. “I’m really proud of the players, that’s more like the team we want to be. There was plenty of hunger there and we were courageous and resilient at times.
“I couldn’t have asked for more effort wise. There were a couple of decisions that went again us and we put a bit of pressure on ourselves at the start of second half.”
Warrington winger Tom Lineham missed the game due to a back complaint while forward Joe Philbin will be unavailable for Sunday’s game at Leeds after failing a head test.