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Rugby referee gets taken out by player during Warrington-Widnes derby

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Rugby referee Phil Bentham may have been the official for the Super League Grand Final in 2011 and 2014, but that did not stop him getting trampled by Australian Chris Houston during the second half of Widnes vs Warrington.

Consequently, Bentham could not continue and was replaced in the 53rd minute.

It was a weird one – Houston’s eyes were on the ball and surely Bentham should have known that if he was near the ball then there would have been onrushing players.

Not that it affected the result of the match, Warrington were already 16-4 ahead of Widnes at the time of the incident, and the match eventually led to yet another defeat for The Vikings against the Wolves with the score finishing at 18-10.

In truth, Warrington were always the better side.

Ryan Atkins got off to a flying start as he scored his side's first try on 8mins following a kick through by Dec Patton. The Wolves then found themselves 10-0 down following a try from Ratchford on 14mins.

The Vikings did have something to cheer in the first half, however, as Krisnan Inu scored his side’s first try on 22mins following a cross field kick from Joe Mellor – only to see the conversion go wide.

Watch the incident with the referee below.

Atkins scored his second try on 45mins to make it 16-4 via a cross field kick from Ratchford. The Wolves third try was scored on 60mins curtesy of Jack Hughes, but, however, the try was disallowed following a fracas in the middle of the park.

It was then that Widnes’ decided to make the derby interesting; with Inu crossing over for his second following Gilmores cross field on 66mins scoring the final points of the game.

As entertaining this match was – surely the ref could have got out the way.

Let's hope he's not too badly hurt.

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