Like many of you who tuned in to SKY last friday hoping for a Wigan win to keep our
desperate hopes of retaining the 'hubcap' alive. What we saw was a rough and tough game
where one individual, Terence Newton, overstepped the mark.|
The assault on Long was a sickener. The ball was long gone when Newton charged at Long with
his elbow raised, contacting around the left eye and leaving the Saints half-back in a
crumpled heap on the field.
If the referee has seen the incident it would certainly have been a red card, but the
officials missed it so badly that it wasn't even put on-report. The video-review panel took
a good look at the tape on monday and cited the Wigan hothead to appear before last night
As we all know, this can be a lottery, with the disciplinary erring on the side of leniancy,
especially when it comes to integral members of the GB set-up. This time the disciplinary
came up trumps with a seven game Superleague ban for this offence and another three for the
'heavy challenge' on Gilmour in the same game.
The wording on this suspension is the most interesting element, as the suspension has to be
served in Superleague games. Newton will miss the rest of the season, and the opening few
games of next year, but if fit, would be eligible for the tri-nations.
If the rumours of a Newton move to Bradford are true, then fridays disgrace will have been
his last outing for Wigan, but with Bradfords recent history with hookers, they might well
be reconsidering their offer.
I never thought I'd say this, but well done the disciplinary.