Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford and Salford’s Ian Watson have offered contrasting views on the late drama that saw the Giants take the points at the AJ Bell Stadium last night.
The Red Devils saw Kevin Brown sin-binned for a headbutt, after referee James Child had initially awarded a penalty the other way, before the hosts were penalised for interference at the tackle close to their own try line.
Aidan Sezer duly stepped up to hammer over the winning penalty goal to settle the tie, less than five minutes after Tui Lolohea’s drop-goal attempt had drifted wide.
Woolford told the post-match press conference: “Some people will say that we got a couple of lucky calls late, but the harder you work the luckier you become.
“And while there’s still a lot to work on from an attack point of view, defensively our attitude towards defending our own line was there for all to see so we’ll take that win and build on it.”
Woolford’s Salford counterpart Watson believes the deciding penalty was harsh on his side: “They’re both tied up and trying to get to their feet.
“In my opinion, even if we were attacking, you’d be saying just let them play the ball rather than letting the referee decide the game because to be fair, I think he’s decided it at the back-end with that.”
“But again, Wardle has come flying in the back of that and retaliated, we had a player sent off for that last year, someone has made a point that you can’t retaliate and cause a melee.
“Last week when we played Toronto, Miloudi did the same and got sin-binned with Welham, so where’s the consistency?”