The standard of commentary was appalling again last night, I don't generally let them get under my skin, but I'm finding it increasingly difficult these days. I don't mind their silliness or having controversial views, it is often that the standard of actual commentary and analysis is terrible.
As has been pointed out, Eddie H is obsessed with the pitch, even questioning whether Russell's attempted catch with his face was due to it - how many years will we have to put up with the talk of the pitch - Eddie is actually much better than that.
I was also frustrated after half an hour when it was a fascinating arm wrestle and Wire were finishing a set in Widnes' half with Stevo berating them saying they aren't making yards, seconds before a stat flashed up showing Wire were making more yards than Widnes despite an appalling completion rate.
It's the kind of nonsense you expect from the drunken senile old bloke sitting behind you, not the so called expert getting paid a fortune on Sky.
On the ref, not too concerned with the errors as they went both ways and Widnes were far more deserving, but one I didn't like was Ratchford's disallowed try. In effect we were looking at a forward pass there. Ormsby has intentionally knocked that back with his hands, so what the VR is judging there is the angle it has come away from Ormsby - that is then forward pass territory. As Cummings said, the ref was in perfect position and said 'went backwards, play on' in live play, surely the VR was there to see if Ormsby had knocked it into the defenders hands. Things like that worry me more than the obstruction rule, which can instantly be fixed by the attacking teams.