PICTURE: Was Ben Harrison's second try for Warrington Wolves against Huddersfield Giants a correct verdict?

Does the ball touch the line? Picture by Mike Boden

Does the ball touch the line? Picture by Mike Boden

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Warrington Guardian: by , Sports Editor

WOLVES' draw with Huddersfield Giants last night felt like it delivered more conjecture in the final quarter than in most games this season.

Was Leroy Cudjoe offside, by not standing square at the play-the-ball, when he intercepted Michael Monaghan's dummy-half pass in the build-up to Danny Brough's equalising last-gasp drop goal?

And what about that voluntary tackle in the final play of the game that, if awarded by referee Ben Thaler, would have handed Gareth O'Brien a penalty goal from almost in front of the sticks with what would have been the final kick of the match?

Should Wolves have taken the two points on offer a little earlier, from in front of the sticks, when they led 24-23 instead of running the penalty instead, hence forcing Huddersfield to seek out a try rather than a point-securing drop goal.

And then there was the second try scored by Ben Harrison, pictured above. The video referee awarded the score with 'benefit of the doubt' but there were doubters.

Warrington Guardian:

In the picture above, the ball can just be seen between Michael Lawrence's boot and shin.

Do you reckon the ball touches the line or not? You decide! If you had been the video referee and had this picture to decide from, was it a try or not?

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12:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

akabaz says...

This was right in front of us, I said no try but my hawkeyed daughter said straight away it was, but with all the technology available it should be an easy enough decision
This was right in front of us, I said no try but my hawkeyed daughter said straight away it was, but with all the technology available it should be an easy enough decision akabaz
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Southoxfordwire says...

Yes it was a try because the referee said it was and we can't change the past. Same as Cudjoe wasn't offside, and the penalty wasn't given.
Yes it was a try because the referee said it was and we can't change the past. Same as Cudjoe wasn't offside, and the penalty wasn't given. Southoxfordwire
  • Score: 6

2:21pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wolfitdown says...

I think Harrison made the line by a couple of millimetres it was closer than Matt Kings disallowed try in the play off semi, I accepted that decision at the time, Cudjoe appeared not to be square but that was allowed throughout the game, I was more bemused at the off load, why?
I think Harrison made the line by a couple of millimetres it was closer than Matt Kings disallowed try in the play off semi, I accepted that decision at the time, Cudjoe appeared not to be square but that was allowed throughout the game, I was more bemused at the off load, why? wolfitdown
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mparsons says...

I've added a close-up picture within the story if it helps you to decide - yes or no!
I've added a close-up picture within the story if it helps you to decide - yes or no! mparsons
  • Score: 2

3:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

ninearches says...

There is too much lax refereeing in the modern game . As in last night's game ,the offside rule & square marker rule was flouted time & again & in most games forward passes are ignored with gay abandon . The knock on is probably the biggest quandary though it is just a lottery as to the ref's decision. Rules apply to rugby league & the referee & touch judges should uphold the laws of the game for both sides ,equally & to the best of their abilities....anythin
g less can lead to suspicions of foul play by the officials.
There is too much lax refereeing in the modern game . As in last night's game ,the offside rule & square marker rule was flouted time & again & in most games forward passes are ignored with gay abandon . The knock on is probably the biggest quandary though it is just a lottery as to the ref's decision. Rules apply to rugby league & the referee & touch judges should uphold the laws of the game for both sides ,equally & to the best of their abilities....anythin g less can lead to suspicions of foul play by the officials. ninearches
  • Score: 4

4:13pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wiregrandad says...

Was it a try? I don't thinks so. Was Cudjoe offside? Yes,I think he was. Was it a voluntary tackle? We will never know. All if's and but's. A good/fair result in the end. And a cracking game. Well done both teams.
Was it a try? I don't thinks so. Was Cudjoe offside? Yes,I think he was. Was it a voluntary tackle? We will never know. All if's and but's. A good/fair result in the end. And a cracking game. Well done both teams. wiregrandad
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

CHADWICK says...

Have a look in the paper, it was a try. 50-50 calls are common & benefit of the doubt rightly goes to the attacker. I'd stop all video ref's & accept that the ref will make a mistake once in a while, or most of the time in Phil Bentham's case. Bring back Stevie Ganson, nobody can touch him for entertainment value.
Have a look in the paper, it was a try. 50-50 calls are common & benefit of the doubt rightly goes to the attacker. I'd stop all video ref's & accept that the ref will make a mistake once in a while, or most of the time in Phil Bentham's case. Bring back Stevie Ganson, nobody can touch him for entertainment value. CHADWICK
  • Score: 3

10:54am Sat 30 Aug 14

MikeJT says...

The "play-on" the ref indicated from an possible Wolves knock-on. Player get up to play the ball, two Huddersfield players interfere at the tackle..............
...... and the ref suddenly decides he will give the knock-on. Did he get a call in his ear or did he just screw up that call as well ?
The "play-on" the ref indicated from an possible Wolves knock-on. Player get up to play the ball, two Huddersfield players interfere at the tackle.............. ...... and the ref suddenly decides he will give the knock-on. Did he get a call in his ear or did he just screw up that call as well ? MikeJT
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Sat 30 Aug 14

nitram says...

The scenario on the night of the game was the worst 2 referees in super league were in charge,Ben Thaler who in my opinion needs to be downgraded and Child's who wouldn't see an infringement staring him in the face,with that said the benefit of the doubt came into play and they could not say yay or nay so it goes with the attacker.
The scenario on the night of the game was the worst 2 referees in super league were in charge,Ben Thaler who in my opinion needs to be downgraded and Child's who wouldn't see an infringement staring him in the face,with that said the benefit of the doubt came into play and they could not say yay or nay so it goes with the attacker. nitram
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Sat 30 Aug 14

nitram says...

On the night against Huddersfield Ben Harrison was worth the entrance money alone,what a performance
On the night against Huddersfield Ben Harrison was worth the entrance money alone,what a performance nitram
  • Score: 7
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