“It was not a try!” Claimed Castleford Tigers Head Coach Daryl Powell.
Powell was left frustrated as his side fell to a 26-19 defeat to play-off rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at Hull College Craven Park but highlighted a game breaking incident that helped decide the outcome.
Castleford led 19-12 with 55 minutes played before Matt Parcell picked up a loose ball to score but on replay it appeared his captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall has knocked the ball forward, but the referee James Child awarded the try without reference to his video referee.
The Robins then never looked back and went on to score a further eight points without response and though Powell recognised his side were not good enough on a technical level, remained angry at the decision.
He said: “Territory wise, the swing was so big against us. Then we had a seven point lead in the second half but then I thought our game management we poor.
“Then we concede those two tries. The first try was not a try but that swung the game a little bit and referees have to do their job a bit better but so do the players and the coach and that is the way it is.
“It was that period that turned the game against us and we just did not have the strike or energy to find a way back into the game and I thought Hull KR deserved to win it and credit to them.
“It would have made sense to use the video referee as that is what it is there for but I think there was enough in there to say it was a poor decision from James Child not to go upstairs.
“There was far too much in terms of difficult for the naked eye to see so if it is there in that instance it had to be used but I will not blame that for the result.”