League backs Widnes pitch
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 07 February 2012
The Rugby Football League says there is no cause for alarm over Widnes's new artificial pitch, despite complaints from players over cuts and grazes in its first match.
Following the match against Wakefield on Friday the Trinity full-back Richard Mathers posted pictures of his lacerated knees on his Twitter account. "The iPitch is an absolute joke," he said.
The League is waiting for a report from its match commissioner, but does not believe there is a long-term problem. "Initial reports are that injuries are no worse than on grass and not as bad as Saturday night at Salford," said RFL spokesman John Ledger.
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