LET’S hope the recent trend of ‘Giants baiting’ soon becomes a thing of the past.
Four Super League coaches have now questioned some of Huddersfield’s tactics after suffering defeat at the hands of coach Nathan Brown’s side.
After accusations that the Giants were guilty of grapple tackling and attempting to illegally slow the game down, Brown immediately contacted RFL referees’ chief Stuart Cummings asking for his views.
Cummings has made it crystal clear the Giants have been doing absolutely nothing wrong and that information was soon in the public domain.
But that didn’t prevent Hull KR coach Justin Morgan from having a ‘pop’ after the Giants had secured a 30-8 triumph over his side at New Craven Park on Easter Monday.
Although the bulk of Morgan’s post-match criticism was aimed at the way referee Ben Thaler had handled the contest – ‘He is not up to the standard at all,’ was one of his kinder comments! – there was a far from veiled criticism of the Giants.
“It didn’t help that they (Huddersfield) were allowed to get away with blue murder,” he claimed.
“I am going to teach my side to throw forward passes, stand offside all day and tackle round the head.”
As a result, the Rugby Football League this week fined Morgan £4,000 – half of which is suspended – for his outburst, making it clear it is an offence for any club official to criticise the character or manner in which a referee has controlled a game involving his side.
That suggests the RFL believed Morgan’s comments were somewhat wide of the mark – video of the contest did confirm the sides were refereed the same – and that was reinforced by the fact Thaler continues to officiate top-flight contests.
But, more importantly as far as the Giants are concerned, it also suggests Morgan’s dig at the way Huddersfield played was not strictly accurate.
So, let that be another warning for all!