DISILLUSIONED Giants coach Jon Sharp has demanded an urgent meeting with rugby league referees boss Stuart Cummings after his side's Super League play-off bid was hit by a 24-18 loss at Widnes.
Upset over a number of issues during his side's run of six defeats in a row, Sharp was furious at the display yesterday of London-based Ashley Klein, who disallowed a late Sean Penkywicz try which would have given Brandon Costin a great chance of levelling the scores with the conversion.
As Wakefield, who currently occupy the sixth and final play-off berth, went two points clear with four games left by beating Salford 46-18, Sharp blasted: "We came here concerned at one or two issues over refereeing which have arisen over the last few weeks, and they were confirmed."
Having seen on-loan Giants player Matthew Whittaker cross for two of Widnes's four tries, Sharp watched his side stage a late rally with a second try from Brandon Costin and one by Jim Gannon.
He added: "Their first try (after two minutes) was bounced from a foot in the air and that set the tone for the afternoon.
"We've been on the end of some harsh penalty counts of late and I definitely need to speak to Stuart Cummings, because obviously my players aren't doing things right.
"I need him to clarify exactly what we are doing wrong."
Cummings was among a crowd of 4,881 who saw a scrappy game explode into life late on.
"I was extremely proud of my players," added Sharp. "We have lots of injuries and the performance and effort in difficult circumstances should be applauded."