Huddersfield Giants claimed a vital win against Leeds Rhinos yesterday to keep their season alive at the expense of the Rhinos as the battle with Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils for the final play-off spots.
The game though was laced with controversy most notably around Jake Connor’s drop goal that effectively sealed the win at 19-12 late in the game.
After the game Rohan Smith claimed the drop goal missed by a considerable margin and on the footage it is clear that the players disagreed with the decision.
Now Huddersfield Giants’ social media page have got in on the act saying: “Let us have this one” whilst sharing footage of the time Danny Brough went for the one in the Challenge Cup Fourth Round against St Helens, celebrated only for the official to deny the drop goal with footage showing it may have travelled over the post.
That time Leeds did the Giants a favour dumping the Saints out of the cup in the next round as they went on to win the 2014 Challenge Cup.
😝 Come on. Let us have it this time… pic.twitter.com/VugGeFF9Wi
— Huddersfield Giants 🐮🔔 (@Giantsrl) August 28, 2023
Returning to the present, after the game, Rohan Smith said:
“We let ourselves down in a few moments, but there’s a huge amount of spirit there in the second half I thought we’re trying to overcome absolutely everything, including a drop goal that didn’t go through.
“The kicker and his mates are all laughing that it didn’t go through, they were getting ready for a twenty metre restart and seven tackles.
“Everybody has said it didn’t go through. Except the decision makers. A couple of players in the opposition said it missed by a couple of metres.
“Sometimes they’re difficult when you look over the goalpost and you’re not sure if it’s a high kick, but in the end we had opportunities, we had opportunities, but some days it’s hard to overcome all of those things.”
He was also unhappy with the ruck speed:
“They’ve acknowledged that there needs to be a shift, but that was in round eight at the coaches’ meeting, so they’re just going to wait until maybe the pre-season to start getting the player to play the ball properly, to get to his feet and imitate putting his foot on the ball, which allows then the markers a chance to get square.
“It’s just a complete lucky dip. I see other coaches’ press conferences. They’re all guessing the same guess.”