Hull FC are battling with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils for a spot in the Super League play-offs but a defeat to Wigan Warriors certainly hurt their chances of making the six.
It was a game they perhaps should have won. Tries from Adam Swift and Brad Dwyer gave them a 12-4 lead and they seemed in control of the game.
However, tries from Jake Wardle and Toby King sent the match to golden point where Harry Smith won it with a drop goal.
Before Wigan levelled matters, Hull FC lost skipper Carlos Tuimavave to a yellow card.
After the match this led Tony Smith to say the sport is over. He said on BBC Radio Humberside:
“Yeah yeah well yes and no I didn’t think it was a sin bin, but it was one of those tackles that bloke lands flat on his back, you know, and we see him all the time. But, you know, they’re the reactions that we get sometimes.
“Our sport’s a little bit over, overcautious at the moment with many of our tackling issues.
“I’d like us to have a look at methods of tackling in terms of not just safety but what looks good for our game.
“I thought we had a few rucks and mauls there today. It absolutely looked like a game at Rugby Union at times and we didn’t practice that very well.”
Asked if referees play a role in this, Smith said:
“Both, it’s within the rules and you know, nowadays you’re allowed to pull and tug and hold people up and drive them five to ten metres. A single bloke getting caught by three or four others, it’s very difficult for him to get down on the ground and get the ball down on the ground.
“If you’re being held up, you can’t get to the ground, and then you drag being pushed and dragged, all you can do, and I had to ask my players at halftime to get in there and stop them from being dragged back to their own goal line. So therefore, we’re creating the maul again, or the ruck.”