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Watson: We should have won by more

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Ian Watson was confused by some calls against his side, believing they should have “won by more.”

The Giants edged Leeds Rhinos 14-13 at the John Smith’s stadium, inflicting a fifth successive defeat on the visitors.

However, the home side were denied more than one try. Watson believed they should have been given meaning it could have been a whole different story.

He said, “I will not go into criticising referees, but I do not know where he has managed to call offside on the right from the kick chase, because the video we have looked at everyone is onside then Josh Jones is behind him when he knocked it back. It is a try.

“Somebody has ‘jammed’ on Kenny Edwards’ leg when Adam O’Brien scored as well so there were a few big calls but the big thing is we managed to get the win.

“It probably should have been more comfortable in the end, especially when we were eight points up and we went for the try and Luke Yates knocked on over the line.

“We just need to manage that game a little bit better from there.”

However, despite the controversy, the Giants gained sweet revenge with a one point win over Leeds, a reverse of what happened in both their meetings last season.

Lee Gaskell slotted over the winning drop-goal in the dying seconds but Watson heaped praise onto captain Aidan Sezer who scored the remaining 13 points for his side.

Watson added, “Aidan Sezer was good. He was running today and I like running footballers.

“When Jackson Hastings was here, he runs the football and they are better when they are running the ball.

“He looks very dangerous when running the ball than when he is in support and we need to be able to make the most of that by having better field position than we did in the first half.

“We only had one good ball position in the first half and we scored but we need to give them a better platform to play off. Then you might see more of Aidan Sezer in those positions.”

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