Ian Watson unhappy with “clearly” incorrect decision

Ian Watson and the Huddersfield Giants have missed out on the play off race with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils.

The Giants have paid the price for their slow start to the season and a defeat to Hull KR on Friday killed their hopes of Old Trafford for another year.

However, there was certainly one controversial call that Ian Watson questioned.

“We got exactly what we knew we would get and we just needed to be real good in the arm wrestle. I think if you look at the little bits of the discipline with the ball and without the ball probably cost us a little bit today.

“I’ve seen the Louis Senior try and it’s a clear obstruction. We don’t get that picked up where Schneider runs right behind the back of Opacic and then makes the pass to Lewis and then Lewis goes in the corner.

“It’s a clear obstruction every day of the week, but yet they’ve not managed to pick it up. So that’s frustrating, but I’d say from our side, the little bits of discipline.

“It was a game that you’d expect to have against KR, both teams going at it, both teams trying to win that arm-wrestling mentality.

“Overall, I thought it was a good game, I just thought there were certain things in there which obviously didn’t go our way.

“That’s what I’m talking about with the discipline with the ball. You think of even at the start of the second half, we get a couple of penalties, we come up, we lose the ball on tackle one with Harvey Livett, then we lose the ball on tackle three with Esan and it looks like Esan is going to score.

“They’re the little bits where you need to be able to capitalise and take them opportunities or at least build some pressure down there but we didn’t and we let it off too easily, then KR came down the other end on the back of it.

The Giants will now focus on 2024 and have already signed Jack Murchie to do that and have Adam Clune lined up as well.