Drop goal row likely to rumble on

Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants remonstrates at the end of the game with referee Phil Bentham
Danny Brough of Huddersfield Giants remonstrates at the end of the game with referee Phil Bentham

There seems little sign of the row surrounding referee Phil Bentham’s decision to rule out a 79th minute drop goal in the Huddersfield-Saints Challenge Cup tie abating.

The Giants still claim that skipper Danny Brough’s kick had sailed between the uprights despite Bentham’s insistence that it went wide of the target.

The scores were level at 16 each as the clock ticked towards full time and just to add insult to injury, as far as the Tykes were concerned, Saints went straight downfield and landed a match-clinching drop goal of their own through Luke Walsh.

Diplomatic Saints’ boss Nathan Brown insisted he didn’t have a good view of the incident but Giants’ head coach Paul Anderson blasted: “It was definitely over and hasn’t it just been shown on TV?”

g The U19s cruised to a 62-20 home victory over Hull FC on Saturday. Dave Hewitt, Olly Davies and Andrew Savelio all scored a brace of tries with other touchdowns coming from Jake Spedding, Lewis Galbraith , Tom Calland, Luke Thompson and Jonah Cunningham. Lewis Charnock landed nine goals.

“My question is, we go to the video referee for every little decision

with regards to points - why couldn’t we go for that?

“We’ve asked the bloke in the van how many times, and if there’s a

doubt in any other part of the game, we go to the video referee and

ask a question.

“But when there’s an actual match-deciding moment we don’t bother.”

One angle on television made Brough’s kick look like a definite one point but

another asked question marks over its validity.