Steve McNamara slams refereeing decisions in Catalans’ defeat to Wigan

Catalans coach Steve McNamara was disappointed with a number of refereeing decisions in their loss to Wigan.

The Dragons were in control of the game in the first half and led 15-0 at the break thanks to tries from Benjamin Jullien and David Mead.

However, the Warriors fought back in the second half and scored 28 unanswered points to run-out 32-23 winners in Perpignan.

And McNamara has slammed some of the decisions made by referee Liam Moore.

He said: “We did some dumb things ourselves, but I’m telling you, it’s as if Catalans shouldn’t be beating Wigan.

“I don’t think we touched the ball for 15 minutes. Some of it was for our reasons, some for the penalties given against us.

“It’s getting very difficult, penalties are so influential in the game. It’s (happening) every week and it’s killing us.”

But McNamara thought Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who he made England captain when Lions coach, was the difference between the two sides.

He added: “Sean O’Loughlin was incredible.

“If it wasn’t for Sean O’Loughlin, I don’t think we’d be having this type of press conference now.”

Next up for Catalans is a trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Saturday as they face Castleford Tigers, 3:30pm kick-off.


  1. Watched the Wigan and dragons match the referee was very poor it was a embarrassing performance he should not ref another super league game I’m neutral. Referees should have to be fair and honest anyone can make a mistake but he made some real bloopers.

  2. I agree with you all the with the ref but he was the same for both teams and let’s be honest How do you lose a match at 21 nil up even if it’s wigan you should not be losing games in that position you have got to give credit wigan just woke up in the second half it’s easy to come out and say we didn’t get any calls but you make your own penalty’s just look at St. Helens on good Friday s.o.l was judged to have pinched the ball and when you look back he just lost it and that cost wigan the game like we all say you get some you lose some it swings and roundabouts

  3. I watched the referee hand the game to Wigan esp in thr 2nd half.Catalan ball was clearly raked by wigan.Very poor refreeing.He shouldn’t referee another game

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