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Ian Watson explains Jake Connor’s strange kick that cost Huddersfield

Jake Connor’s decision to kick the ball out towards the end of Leeds Rhinos 18-17 win over Huddersfield at Headingley left many confused.

Connor, who had kicked a drop goal at the end of the first half to send the Giants into the sheds 13-4 ahead, decided the kick the ball out of play in the final minutes of the game instead of going from a one-pointer with his side trailing 18-17.

Sky Sports commentator Jon Wilkin claimed Connor made that decision thinking his team were 18-17 up and that is an opinion that was backed up by Leeds star Nene Macdonald post match.

“I don’t know what he (Connor) was doing at the end there kicking it out,” Macdonald told Sky’s Jenna Brooks. “He thought he was up by one point so I was confused after that. I was just happy we got away with the win in the end.”

Speaking after the game, Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson explained what happened to Connor in that moment:

“He lost track of it to be fair, he looked over his shoulder and seen it was 18-17 and it’s got at him.

“We had two more good ball sets after that so that wasn’t the be all and end all.”

Asked if he thought he was winning, Watson said: “I think so. I haven’t really talked to him about it but he has said he got it wrong.”

Watson went on to say: “Jake is still finding his feet. He isn’t fully fit and that is a tough game to play when you’re not fully fit and needing to think clearly.”

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