GIANTS head coach Jon Sharp is distancing himself from any public criticism of referee Ronnie Laughton following his side's 14-8 Super League defeat at Warrington.

The Barnsley official incensed the Giants by disallowing two `tries' in the tighest of contests, while Iain Morrison and Paul Smith were forced to retire from the competition through high high tackles which went unpunished.

But instead, the Galpharm chief was majoring on the efforts of his players at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, which he was convinced should have brought his side a victory.

"I don't think there was any question that we were by far the better side," said Sharp.

"We created some opportunities and played some great stuff. We deserved far more reward for our efforts.

"I feel really sorry for the boys that they got nothing out of this one, because they put in so much effort.

"They are convinced they got two dead-set certain tries and had them disallowed.

"But going on about that simply puts the headlines on the referee.

"It happened to this official last week when Hull played Wakefield.

"Shane McNally (Wakefield coach) went on about the way the referee had handled the contest and that became a main talking point.

"I want the main talking point from this match to be the performance of my players above all else."