Challenge Cup Final starts with card frenzy as pundits fume over double sin-bin

The Challenge Cup Final started in chaotic style as two sin-bins were shown inside FOUR minutes. Both Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors were reduced to twelve-men after a fiesty start to the game, with Mike Cooper and Matt Dufty both told to sit down for ten minutes.

Cooper is believed to have made history by becoming the faster player to ever be sin-binned in a Challenge Cup Final, having been shown his yellow card after just two minutes and one second after a high tackle on Warrington's Josh Thewlis.

But exactly a minute later, Australian Dufty was shown his marching orders for a tackle on Liam Marshall, which saw players from both teams come together.

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However, both decisions were widely criticised across the game, with many left flabbergasted that either players was given a yellow card for the respective tackles.

During the BBC's coverage of the final, Jonathan Davies described the decision to penalised Cooper as 'ridiculous'.

"Look how low he goes," Davies said. "He's wrapping his arm around. We're all about player safety but sometimes you have rugby collisions. He tackles him properly with the arm and shoulder."

"They're both wrong for me," Brian Noble added after Dufty's sin-bin. "There's no foul play intended, he slipped up, he's gone over his head, keep players on the field."

Davies added: "For me, it's two penalties, if that, and play on."