Derek Beaumont “dumbfounded” by key decision

In the first Challenge Cup Final without Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens since 1986, it was Leigh Leopards who picked up the trophy at the expense of Hull KR at Wembley.

In the end golden point was required to settle the game but Leigh nearly won the match inside the 80 minutes.

After a Tom Briscoe try, his eighth Challenge Cup Final try in four cup final wins, gave the Leopards a 16-10 lead.

But in the 79th minute his former Leeds teammate Matt Parcell cancelled that try out.

It was a decision that left Derek Beaumont “dumbfounded.”

“We were all dumbfounded. So I, and that’s what I thought the players would be,” he said on The Last Tackle.

“I just thought like it’s as if, you know, it’s just been stolen from you at that moment because I felt we were the stronger team throughout the game although we never broke away from them.

“Credit to Hull KR for that because they brought a hell of a game with them and they’d obviously prepared really hard for it; and Lammy just looked like wow and he got up out of my way at the back as well and he sat with Dukesy and Frank.”

Beaumont then reflected on Golden Point:

“It took me back to being at Widnes in 2004. It was 16 all, the lads are in a circle and I’m like, ‘why is the coach not on?’ I didn’t know the coach is not allowed and I didn’t even know that until yesterday.

“So I’m thinking ‘why has Lammy not gone on there’, and in 2004 I walked on the field I got a meter away from the group thinking someone needs to say something, everything’s invested in this, and Paul Rowley was in the middle of them and I thought ‘I don’t need to be here’ and shot off out of the way.

“So I knew I didn’t need to be in that moment, but I felt Lammy did and then what happened was Lammy sent a message to get the lads to come close to the sideline so he could speak to them without going on the pitch.

“Hearing the lads talk about yesterday, he just gave them that belief that it was going to be okay And we were going to do it and just stick with it. So he was probably the calmest of us all.”