Super League coach expresses his frustration with video referee inconsistencies

Castleford Tigers came up short in the South of France last week against Catalans Dragons.

However, it could have been a different story with the Dragons’ first try being hugely controversial.

Footage suggests that the ball had gone dead before Paul Seguier grounded it and if there had been a video referee on hand it would have likely disallowed the try.

Now, speaking ahead of the derby with Wakefield Trinity this week on BBC Radio Leeds, Cas interim coach Andy Last underlined his frustration at this.

“It stings, what the frustrations are is the consistency with things. You’ve gone to Catalans for the past five, six, seven years and have always had a video ref but there was no video ref.

“If there was a video ref then there’s every chance it would have been overturned,” he said.

He did go on to say that you get some and you don’t:

“You do get some and there’s time where those decisions go against you and for you. Catalans could have had a perfectly good try chalked off with Tom Davies in the corner where Jacob Miller makes a very very good try-saving tackle.

“If that went to video ref then they could have picked that off and said it was a try, so it’s swings and roundabouts.

“It’s one of those, you can’t control what the referee is going to do, it’s about how you respond to those decisions and I thought we responded to that harsh call really really well.

“We competed really really hard, up till 75 minutes we were right in the game. We had a period of set for set football and when Jack came out and scored I thought we’d done this, done a great job and would win in Catalans.

“Then we just couldn’t come up with the right decisions in the last set and unfortunately Mike McMeeken scores and it takes the game away from us.”

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