Ian Watson and Steve McNamara exchange war of words over delayed kick-off time

Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons went head-to-head on Friday night with the former coming out 28-12 winners over the latter.

However, the match was delayed until 8:20pm due to travel problems from the French side’s end with high winds in Perpignan meaning the Dragons had to travel to Toulouse to fly.

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson was unhappy with how long his side had to wait.

 “It was probably easier for Catalans as they know where they are in terms of travel,” Watson told the Yorkshire Post.

“We have had to adjust for the stadium staff, the supporters…to adapt for one team.

“They can’t help what has happened but if they run the risk of travelling on the day they run the risk of missing the game and that’s something they need to look at. Either they travel earlier or are happy to run that risk.

“Once they got here, they were given longer than they probably should have been allowed.”

Opposing boss Steve McNamara was unhappy with Watson’s comments and hit back, per the Catalans website.

“We have invested so much money over the last couple of years trying to get here.

“There was an absolute gale coming. I thought this game was about trying to do the right thing by everybody and there was a freak of nature happened which delayed us.”

McNamara was also unhappy with some calls.

“I thought we got some horrible calls from the officials at times – at the end, wen we were getting back on the front foot, Fouad Yaha gets done for a knock-on when it’s been pulled out and all players knew it.”

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