Jackson Hastings “struggled to get vision” in loss at Wigan

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Salford star Jackson Hastings struggled to see in the final minutes of their play-off defeat at Wigan.

The Red Devils fell short to an 18-12 loss against the Warriors at the DW Stadium on Friday night in the qualifying play-off final.

In the final minutes of the match, Hastings and Wigan prop Tony Clubb had an off-field encounter, with the latter catching Hastings’ eye with a slap.

Salford coach Ian Watson said: “It was an incident off-the-ball where Clubb whacked his hand across Jacko and caught his eye.

“Jacko struggled to get vision towards the end of the game – the time when you want your half to step up in the big moments but that is one for the officials to look at.

“Tommy Leuluai was offside in the defensive line all day long but as soon as we got one offside in a transition, the referee pings us so it has got to go both ways.

“It was a great game overall and I’m really proud of our efforts but we just need to be smarter and understand what it takes to play in play-off football.”

Salford will have a second bite at the cherry next week as they host Castleford on Thursday, while Wigan will travel to St Helens on Friday.

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