Widnes head coach Denis Betts claimed he had just witnessed ‘the worst refereeing performance’ he’d seen in 30 years after his side went down to a late, dramatic defeat at the hands of Wakefield.
A late Craig Hall try extended Widnes’ losing streak to six in Super League, but that only tells half the story.
Both teams had a men sent off, with Aaron Heremaia and Scott Moore getting sent-off for their respective teams, while Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White and Stefan Marsh were all sent to the sin bin for offences, with Ah Van being shown a yellow card for a tackle that dislocated Ashley Gibson’s elbow.
It is the second time Cobb has been criticised in just over a week, with Paul Anderson calling him ‘weak’ following Huddersfield’s defeat to Wigan.
“It was the worst refereeing performance I’ve seen in 30 years,” Betts said.
“We had a legitimate try from Chris Houston from a bomb disallowed near the end and there was nothing wrong with it.
“We did enough to win the game because we were in control but I’m really disappointed for my players.
“I can understand Wakefield’s elation but thought we deserved something out of the game.”