Erm, Wardle was sent off, so isn't that a consistent outcome?
I'm in the camp who likes a bit of leniency and the red card should be for acts of thuggery. Yesterday's wasn't in this category since Ablett incited it to start with.
I think consistency from game to game is over-rated and probably unachievable. For me, it's more important taht referees are empowered to use their discretion and judgement rather than send someone off because another ref did three months ago. Consistency within the same game and clear communication are far more important, and that's what was lacking yesterday as McGuire got away with his own punching, compounded by him basically instructing Bentham to award Leeds a penalty (and Bentham complying).
Wardle was sent from the field, however McGuire was not. He wasn't at Bradford last week when he threw punches, and he wasn't yesterday when he did the same. What he did was no different to what Poore did to Farrell, or what Wardle did to his Leeds opponents and yet he remained on the field against the Bulls and wasn't suspended so was able to take to the field against Huddersfield. You could argue that what McGuire did was worse as he was the aggressor.
Consistency is important in the game, it's very important. It gives boundaries and parameters for players and coaches to operated within. I thought Silverwood's twitter explanation for not carding McGuire against Bradford was weak in the extreme. Both Wardle and Poore have been sent from the field for retaliating against s***housing and in Poore's case Farrell trying to punch him in the face, should he and Wardle just stand there waiting to be hit?
The game is rough enough without punching being tolerated one week and not the next.
Edited by Larry the Leit, 12 May 2013 - 09:18 AM.