We don’t, as a rule, comment on matches in this column, that is the job of the Examiner reporters.
However, in this instance we shall make an exception.
Because the performance was diabolical. It was disgraceful. We even got a team warning.
And I’m not talking about the players on the pitch.
It all centres around ‘that’ try. Where a cross field kick was about to be taken by Aaron Murphy when he was bundled unceremoniously into touch by one of our own players.
The Widnes winger went for the ball, kicked the ball, was in touch, and then scored.
From where I was sitting, the ball itself, I am totally convinced, never went into touch. The winger most certainly did.
Was he in touch whilst the ball was in his possession?
Having watched the replay frame by frame on the Super League Show, the answer is unclear.
What was clear was that the touch judge was inches away from the incident and said ‘play on’.
Our players gave up [“play to the whistle, lads”] and the winger went on to score.
What happened next was the disgraceful situation.
Well over 50% of our ‘supporters’ started, and continued for quite some time, an obscene chant directed at the touch judge.
As mentioned, the touch judge was right on the spot, our nearest fans were at least 20 yards away from the incident. Those who started the chant were at the back of the stand, some 30 or 40 yards away.
We pride ourselves on being a family club. What came out of the mouths of this crowd was far from family friendly. It was, to repeat the word, disgraceful.
It even warranted a reprimand over the loudspeakers that foul language would not be tolerated.
If you were one of those who joined in, I hope that you are now fully ashamed of what came out of your mouths.
We had excellent vocal support throughout the game, but this left an extremely sour taste in the mouths of the party I was with – and many others, I have no doubt.
To those taking part, remember, there are children who watch Rugby League. There is absolutely no part – and no excuse – for foul language in our game.
Robbo’s having a Donkey Derby at the Railway [Bradford Road] on Saturday, 7:30 start.
Our next speaker will be Colin Morris, a former first grade referee and is now employed at the RFL as a match commissioner and time-keeper with the meeting at Turnbridge WMC on Tuesday, July 5 (7.30).
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