Wildcats boss claims match was ‘refereed differently’ in second-half

Richard Agar: "There was a lot of penalties against us in the second half."
Richard Agar: "There was a lot of penalties against us in the second half."

Wakefield Wildcats coach Richard Agar was an unhappy man after Sunday’s 24-16 home Super League defeat against St Helens.

Saints were staring at a first defeat of 2014 when hooker Paul McShane scored his first try for the Wildcats two minutes into the second half to put them 16-4 ahead but the visitors then hit a purple patch, running in four tries in a 15-minute spell to win the match.

Afterwards, Agar claimed the game was “refereed differently” in the second-half and he criticised match officials boss Steve Ganson for entering referee Tim Roby’s dressing room at half-time.

“We had a period where we touched the ball three times in 15 sets and it was during that period when they came up with four tries,” said Agar.

“My beef with my team is that we’ve got to be a little bit stronger and, when momentum is against us, we’ve got to work harder to break it.

“I’d like us to show a bit more resilience when under pressure and fatigued.

“Some times when things go against you in a game, you have to aim up that little bit harder.

“Having said that, there was a lot of penalties against us in the second half and I thought the game was refereed differently to the first half.

“Apparently Steve Ganson has entered the referee’s dressing room at half-time and has given him a good old-fashioned dressing down.

“I’m not sure that is in his remit. I’d have liked to have been a fly on the wall.”

Match commissioner David Asquith confirmed that Ganson went into the referee’s changing room at the interval but declined to elaborate.