Frustrated head coach Daryl Powell has hit out at the officials who cost Castleford Tigers two points on their trip to Catalans Dragons.
In a fiery encounter several contentious decisions left the coaches of both teams unhappy with referee James Child and his touch judges as well as the video referees.
But the biggest call came when Denny Solomona had a perfectly good “try” chalked off when Castleford were leading 6-0 and looking in control. Replays showed the Tigers winger was behind kicker Luke Gale, but the video referees were unwilling to give the try after Child had indicated that he thought it had been offside.
Unhappy Powell told the Express: “You can’t do much about the decisions you get, but I thought the one for the Denny Solomona try from the kick was just preposterous.
“It blows wide open the way the video refs are going to operate this year.
“It was just disgraceful, to be honest, to have that disallowed.
“I was really disappointed with that and I just thought we got the thin end of the wedge.
“I see Laurent Frayssinous (Catalans coach) has been moaning, but they get away with so much over there. We are not going to back down to the way they want to play the game.
“Overall it was a disappointing day. Things didn’t go our way from a number of angles and some of the decision making from the officials went against us a little bit.
“Sometimes they are pretty selective on what they refer.
“It’s just disappointing the whole thing, but we can’t worry about them things, we’ve got to take them out of the equation and just do our own jobs. Get better and do as well as we can and take the officials out of it because there’s no way we can impact what they do to be honest.
“We saw that last year and are probably going to see that this as well.”
Despite the 13-12 defeat, Powell was pleased with the way his players fronted up to a physical Catalans team.
He said: “There was a fair bit of provocation there. We had word before that they were going to be pretty aggressive with us and we thought fair enough, we’ll be aggressive back.
“I thought we fronted up well and I don’t think we lost our discipline at all. It was them that started throwing punches all over the places and we held our cool I thought.
“The one thing we didn’t do particularly was when they were down to 11 men we didn’t execute our plays well enough.
“I expected us to come out of that period about 18-0 up and we couldn’t quite get it right. It was disappointing that we couldn’t do that, but other signs were good.
“We haven’t got it consistently right with the ball yet, but I do think there’s some really good signs defensively from the team.”