GIANTS coach Nathan Brown has hit back at accusations made by Castleford chief Terry Matterson that he has introduced the “grapple tackle” into Super League with Huddersfield.
Matterson launched a verbal attack on fellow Australian Brown after the Giants’ thrilling 26-24 derby triumph at The Jungle.
Huddersfield overcame a 14-5 penalty count and the sin-binning of winger Leroy Cudjoe to secure the victory.
But in the eyes of Matterson it should have been far higher.
“I think the penalties in the second half were 6-0 and it should have been 16-0,” said Matterson.
“They have done a good job eradicating the grapple tackle in the NRL with two referees but Huddersfield have brought it here.
“I’ve watched their first three games and they were round our heads all day. They kept doing it and our guys were frustrated.
“We don’t want people around guys’ necks. It didn’t happen when I played. The guys will end up taking it into their own hands.”
But Giants’ chief Brown has immediately launched a strong defence of the accusation and revealed he has already spoken to RFL referees chief Stuart Cummings on the subject of the “grapple”, where players are tackled around the neck after initial contact in an attempt to delay the play-the-ball.
“We don’t grapple,” insisted Brown. “We’re getting harshly mis-treated. If we end up around heads, we should be penalised.
“We don’t practice it, and I don’t believe in it myself.
“If they can have that much ball and can’t beat us and they’re worried about us grappling, well they’re going to have more problems as the year goes on.”