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Ex-official says crucial try shouldn’t have been given

Fans on social media are less than happy about one of the tries given yesterday.

The try was scored by Paul Seguier to give Catalans Dragons the lead early on against Castleford Tigers.

The ball was kicked ahead and seemingly went dead before being flicked back in and grounded.

However, footage of the try has been shared online and fans believe the ball was definitely dead.

Now former Super League official Ian Smith has said that the try shouldn’t have stood but reminded fans that officials, like players, are only human:

“Looks like it touches the dead ball line. Believe it or not even match officials like players and coaches make mistakes. The ref will be gutted when he watches the replays and at pace it happens so quickly.”

This though will be little consolation for the Tigers who went on to lose by a try in a game that adds extra pressure to their derby against Wakefield Trinity this week as part of Rivals Round.

The two are 11th and 12th in the table respectively with just one win between them.

But a win here could have changed all of that for the Tigers.

They thought they’d won it with 10 minutes to go a sensational Broadbent second levelled matters as he broke from his own half and outwitted Mourgue to score a brilliant try.

A third McShane goal saw the Tigers edge in front for the first time at 18-16.

Two minutes later it appeared that the Dragons could have retaken the lead but Johnstone knocked the ball on with five minutes to go.

But soon enough a former Tigers was inflicting heartbreak on the Tigers as Mike McMeeken crossed for a huge try.

The try came from a penalty on halfway and was created by Alrix Da Costa. Mourgue converted.

Again it looked as if the scoreline would sway back the way of the Tigers as Greg Eden broke clear but Fonua was tackled into touch.

That was the last chance for the Tigers. They remain on one win as Catalans set up next weekend’s clash with Warrington as a top of the table battle.

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