Did anyone take notice when Hemmings put a pointed question to Micheal Maguire and asked him if the excellent match ( which it was) just seen was as intense as those he had been involved in as assisstant coach at Melbourne, played in the NRL.
McGuire simply replied " yeah it was a great match but : there were a LOT of stoppages"!
Personally I thought that ref Siverwood was the most prominent person on the field and, once again the over bearingness of the officials detracted from a game that was enthralling but could with less pedanticism have been much better.
Watching the NRL is an eye opener and the manner in which the officials ( generally) allow their games to continue is definitely a method that ours should be coming to terms with. Our game is slower for this reason and this reason only and until that aspect gets rectified our rep sides just will not compete for the full 80 minutes with those from down-under.
With all the best will in the world, I don't think the referee could prevent unforced errors from both teams which were the majority of the stoppages.
I personally thought it was an average game, Wigan were under par and Warrington in the main (aside from Wood and Briers who were excellent) only marginally better so deserving of the win. Both can and will play a lot better this season.