Time to analyse video verdict system says Wakefield Trinity coach

Chris Chester has called for an “easier solution” to be used by the video referees following Wakefield Trinity’s defeat to Wigan Warriors on Friday night.

By Ben McKenna
Sunday, 27th September 2020, 10:34 pm
Perplexed: Wakefield head coach Chris Chester. Picture: PA
Perplexed: Wakefield head coach Chris Chester. Picture: PA

Wakefield had two tries which were not given by the video assistant while Wigan had two four-point efforts confirmed after referee James Child asked for a second opinion from upstairs.

In Super League, the on-field referee gives their own verdict on a try decision which can only be overturned by the video assistant if there is sufficient evidence to do so.

However, Chester believes the video referee should be in a position to decide if the on-field official is unable to make a clear call.

Sam Powell scored a decisive try in the second half which Chester felt should not have been given and Bill Tupou had a score harshly chalked off at the other end.

“There were some really big turning points and when your luck isn’t with you, you tend not to get 50/50 calls,” said Chester after another loss for Trinity.

“I’ve had a look at the Powell try, which was a big turning point, and there was separation on the ball. If it goes up as a ‘no try’, it would be given ‘no try’.”

“I think they make it up, they genuinely don’t know, and they’re relying on the video ref to make a call.

“If Sam Powell goes up ‘no try’, it’s a no try. There’s got to be an easier solution to come up with. Whether you go to the rugby union model of ‘Is there any reason I can’t give this try?’

“If Tupou goes up as a try, potentially it’s given as a try.

“I don’t know what the answer is to be honest, I just felt we don’t get those kinds of calls.”

Trinity showed plenty of heart in their 28-16 defeat but lacked the cutting edge needed after dominating the field position for large spells.

Wakefield led 12-0 midway through the first half but the Warriors were ruthless in attack, which earned them the win.

“I thought Wigan were really good. The way they approached the second-half, they put us under a lot of pressure and deserved the win,” added Chester.

“There were some key parts, we were held up three times and you have to credit the Wigan defence as well.”

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