SHANE ELFORD believes he should have been given the benefit of the doubt in the crucial call that went against him and the Giants in the 38-12 Super League defeat at Bradford Bulls.
Video referee Ian Smith ruled Michael Platt had prevented Elford from grounding the ball over the tryline in the 50th minute.
At that stage, the Giants were in the ascendency, having forced their way back to 24-12.
But as soon as the call went against the visitors, the momentum began to swing back to Bradford, and the Giants’ chance had gone.
And although Elford admits he didn’t know for sure whether the ball had touched the ground, he feels he should still have been given the nod.
“I always thought that on occasions like this, the benefit of doubt went to the attacking team,” said Elford.
“I have to be honest, and say I couldn’t say for sure if the ball had hit the ground or not, but I think there was a fair chance.
“It was also not clear on the video replays, so I did hope the benefit of doubt ruling would come to our aid.
“I was disappointed when it didn’t.
“That moment came at a crucial stage of the game and was a big turning point, no doubt about it.
“We were on top at that point and felt we could go on and get something out of the game.
“At the time, you don’t know how crucial one call can be, but there are times when they can hurt you. This was one of those times.
“It is disappointing, but we know the results will soon start coming.”
Match details – Pages 35, 36 & 37.