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Ian Watson reveals why Andre Savelio was shown debut red card

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Huddersfield Giants slipped to a sixth defeat in seven last night as Hull KR ran out as 32-6 victors at Craven Park on a record-breaking night for Ryan Hall.

The winger scored his 247th and 248th Super League tries meaning he leapfrogs former Leeds Rhinos teammate Danny McGuire as the competition’s all-time top tryscorer.

Hall’s two tries came late on after the game had already been lost for Huddersfield Giants, something that in was in part due to poor discipline once again from Ian Watson’s side.

Huddersfield Giants have struggled with discipline of late with the penalties racking up and repeat offenders such as Jake Connor being dropped, leading to the former Hull FC man being offered out on loan by the club.

Despite Connor not playing last night the discipline was no better for Huddersfield Giants with a sin bin for Adam Milner and a red card on debut for Andre Savelio. Hull KR made the Giants pay as they scored their first ten points during Milner’s stint in the bin before piling on a further ten after Savelio’s red card.

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Huddersfield Giants debutant sent for “flipping” Mikey Lewis

Andre Savelio signed for Huddersfield Giants

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It was somewhat unclear what the offence that Andre Savelio saw red for was with a melee emerging off the ball and a scuffle of bodies and Ian Watson was one of those keen to find out too.

He spoke post-game to BBC Sport with James Deighton sharing footage of Watson’s presser, the Huddersfield Giants boss revealing that there was more to the red card than met the eye.

“Yeah, I was asking him basically what had happened,” Watson explained after he was seen to speak with Savelio as he left the field.

“Something had happened in the ruck because he’s really clear about discipline. We’ve spoken quite a bit about discipline over the last few weeks because it has lost us games.

“Something had happened in the contact he said with Minchella and then as he’s gone away Mikey Lewis has come in but then he’s flipped him and then that’s what he was sent off for.”

Watson continued before questioning Mikey Lewis’ involvement: “Apparently when he flipped him. he’s landed on his head in a dangerous position which I kind of get where they’re coming from from there but maybe they needed to look at what happened in the rucks and why he’s reacted that way.

“Then also why has Mikey gone and run after him but I’ll leave it to the Match Review Panel to have a little look at that one. We just need to focus on what we can control and to large parts of it we were good.”

Ian Watson slams discipline

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A 32-6 scoreline is a convincing one but it’s one that wasn’t reflective of the game according to Watson who explained in his presser that the man disadvantage was why the scores ‘blew out’.

He said: “I don’t think the scores reflected the game. There were two real tough teams going at it there for large periods, but the same things have come back and bit us a little bit, discipline and just some stone-cold cold drop errors which you just can’t account for.

“I just thought the sin-binning hurt us, and then the sending-off just blew the score out at the back end of the game. Other than that, mate, I’m pretty positive about where we’ve been in the last three weeks.”

The defeat means Huddersfield Giants now sit four points adrift of the playoffs with sixth-placed Catalans Dragons playing tonight against Leigh Leopards and possibly set to stretch the gap to six points.

Fixtures aren’t in Huddersfield’s favour either with five of their next seven games against sides in the current top six and the remaining two against in-form Leigh Leopards and Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos.

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  1. John

    June 15, 2024 at 1:47 pm

    Once more, he sees something different to everyone else. Maybe look at the first contact between Savellio and Lewis and why Savelliios hands are rubbing into Lewis’ head

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