ANGRY Giants coach Paul Anderson believes the Luke Robinson sending-off saga sums up the current standard of Super League officiating.
Huddersfield half-back Robinson has been cleared of any wrong-doing following his dismissal during the Giants’ 28-20 top-flight triumph at Catalan Dragons.Related content
It means the 28-year-old will be available for second-placed Huddersfield’s big home clash against third-placed Warrington on Sunday (3.00).
Robinson was sent off by referee James Child after 53 minutes after the intervention of a touchjudge for allegedly making contact with the head of Catalan full-back Morgan Escare off the ball.
Rugby Football League disciplinary chiefs subsequently handed Robinson a ‘sending off sufficient’ verdict, with Anderson claiming Robinson should have been cleared as the red card was awarded due to a refereeing error – and the Giants chief admits that’s just one concern he has.
“I suppose the main thing is that Robbo is free to play this weekend,” said Anderson.
“But the simple fact is he shouldn’t have been sent off in the first place. If we’d have won, drawn or lost at the weekend I’d have been fuming over it.
“And I’m still fuming over the fact the decision was ‘sending off sufficient’. That implies Robbo still deserved to be dismissed – which he didn’t – and it’ll remain on his disciplinary record, which it shouldn’t.
“At the end of the day, he was sent off due to a refereeing error.
“But I’m afraid this all sums up the ways things have been going on the refereeing front at the moment. I’m a little concerned over what’s happening.
“I’ve spoken to Jon Sharp (the former Giants coach and now RFL technical referees chief) about it, and have been seeking an explanation as to why we appear to have been suffering on the penalty front.
“We want to play an attractive brand of rugby league, but teams seems to be getting away with slowing the game down against us and making it messy around the ruck. When we adopt that approach, we are penalised!
“As a result, I’ve invited the referees to come down to see us train and tell us exactly what we’re doing wrong. That should help us and, at the same time, I’d like to think that would help the referees improve, too.
“There’s no doubt that something needs to be done, and that’s why we’re trying to do something about it.
“In the long term, that has to be good for the game.”