Angry Giants coach Paul Anderson is still fuming after his side were denied a morale-boosting Challenge Cup triumph over in-form St Helens by a controversial late decision by referee Phil Bentham.

A last-minute drop goal from Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh helped unbeaten Super League leaders Saints snatch a 17-16 victory in a thrilling fourth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Walsh’s winner came a minute after Huddersfield stand-off Danny Brough’s drop-goal attempt was adjudged by Bentham to have gone wide of the target, much to the anger of the Giants captain.

 

Anderson, who also had vice captain Brett Ferres sent off for a reckless challenge on Saints full-back Johnny Lomax in the 65th minute with the Giants winning 16-8 at the time, claimed he did not have a clear view of the kick.

But he questioned why the match referee did not refer the crucial call to video official Ian Smith, who was called on five other occasions to make decisions, including that of a goal-line drop-out.

“Brough’s adamant he’s kicked it,” said Anderson. “I’ve not seen it yet but I’ll stick with my captain. He’s telling me it’s gone over, and it’s been shown on the TV it went over, too.

“My question is, we go to the video referee for every little decision with regards to points - why couldn’t we go for that?

“When there’s an actual match-deciding moment we don’t bother. I would have thought that whenever there’s any doubt about a key decision we should use the video referee if he’s there.

“I just thought we were behind the eight ball all the time, and whether we were given a fair crack of the whip, I’m not so sure.

“When it came to the sending-off, I’m not sure I can complain about that, to be honest.

“But, overall, this was a very tough one to take, because I thought we did enough to win the game.”

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