Angry Giants coach Paul Anderson has admitted his side’s performance in Saturday’s 36-10 home Super League defeat to Salford Red Devils “wasn’t good enough”.
But he has also rounded on his opponents for their aggressive approach to the contest, claiming they were guilty of a host of “cheap shots”.
The most notable incident came midway through the second half when Salford prop Lama Tasi was shown a red card for a late challenge on Danny Brough, who was forced to leave the field holding his jaw.
Salford also didn’t hold back with rigorous challenges on Eorl Crabtree and Luke Robinson.
And Anderson has made it clear he’s far from impressed.
“It seemed as if it was a deliberate tactic of Salford’s to play that way,” said the Giants chief. “Broughy was knocked to the ground after he passed the ball.
“My disappointment once Broughy and Eorl (Crabtree) and Robbo (Luke Robinson) got knocked out was that our blokes didn’t rip in and absolutely knock 10 bells out of the bloke that did it, because one cheap shot deserves another.
“Having said that, our performance wasn’t good enough, was it?
“And that’s all you’re going to get out of me on that front. I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself.”
Red Devils coach Iestyn Harris has defended his side’s rigorous approach.
“The policy is that we’re physical,” he said.
“I want them to be aggressive and dominant defensively and I thought we were. The by-product of that is that you do hurt people sometimes.”
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