Ian Watson claims Leigh Leopards exploited match abandonment

Huddersfield Giants have been battling with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR for a spot in the play offs which made their huge game against Leigh Leopards even more important and it was vital for Leigh as well as they strive to keep in touch with Wigan Warriors and co.

But 48 minutes into the game, it was abandoned due to a floodlight failure and then the final 32 minutes were played on Sunday.

This was a decision opposed by Huddersfield Giants as well as Ian Watson meanwhile also voiced his disapproval.

This was especially as he explained how the Leopards were able to exploit the situation bringing back on John Asiata and Tom Amone who had left the field just before the floodlight failure.

Watson said on Giants TV: “Yeah, we were pretty open about that. We wanted an 80-minute game. We wanted to restart.

“You seem like morning when you’ve kind of lose but let’s have a look at what happen straight at the game, which we knew was gonna happen. John Asiata and Tom Amone come straight back on.

“Joe Wardle came on and took the first carry before the lights went out and then he’s been subbed straight off, so what are they saying to Joe? Basically, that they don’t trust him and that they need to get a Asiata and Amone back out there to to play?

“Well, that’d been great if we but they’ve had 48 hours rest now, in a game you wouldn’t have come off for 30 seconds and then gone straight back on would it?

“When they say it was fair, it wasn’t fair to both teams at all in the way it’s kind of been done. Our players had to travel back home on a coach on Friday night, by the time Leigh players would have been in bed, ours would have still been travelling home, so they wouldn’t have got to bed, so then there’s less recovery time or sleep time.”

Meanwhile, the Giants lost Chris Hill for the game:

“We expected them to make immediate subs but at the same time we’re two players down and Chris Hill now can’t play, but he could have played on Friday because the adrenaline was in his body to play. Can we now swap him for the 18th man? But you can’t.

“But then again, you can do subs straight away at the start of the game, which put two big influential players back on, whereas in the game, Asiata had just come off on Friday with a bad shoulder as well.