In the first Challenge Cup Final without Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens since 1986, Leigh Leopards looked set to win at Wembley inside the 80 minutes before Matt Parcell touched down a batted down kick.
The try was referred to the video referee where Liam Moore spent an age assessing every angle to get the right call.
It was awarded and Leigh would effectively have to win the game again with a drop goal from Lachlan Lam.
After the game, Derek Beaumont revealed he spoke to Moore about the decision on the Eddie and Stevo podcast:
“I spoke to Liam (Moore – video referee) after and he’s made the right call, he’s gone with the live call, whether there should be one of them I don’t know.
“I think if you go into the screen it’s because you are not sure so why should you make a decision on it?
“It should just be open to that interpretation because then I think it puts pressure on the video referee.
“But I thought Liam got it right, just like I thought in the you know the semi when he doesn’t give the try I thought he got that right it’s a knock on so one’s worked for us and one’s not.”
He did admit though he was “dumbfounded” at first,
“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.”
In the end, Leigh no doubt won’t be too infuriated with it because shortly after came the defining moment of their recent history.