Thor­man left frus­trated with ref­eree Child af­ter costly loss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

HUD­DER­S­FIELD GIANTS 12

SAL­FORD RED DEVILS 30

SU­PER LEAGUE

HUD­DER­S­FIELD GIANTS care­taker coach Chris Thor­man had no com­plaints about Danny Brough’s red card but was frus­trated with other de­ci­sions by ref­eree James Child dur­ing yes­ter­day’s costly home de­feat.

“On the 12 penal­ties, it was one of the most baf­fling ref­er­ee­ing per­for­mances I have seen this year,” he said.

“I was scratch­ing my head a few times and I am coach. I know the sport and I shouldn’t be scratch­ing my head at some of the de­ci­sions he made.

“But you can’t dis­pute what Broughy’s done. He de­serves a red card if he has said any­thing un­to­ward to the of­fi­cials.”

Asked if he feared any fur­ther dis­ci­plinary ac­tion for Brough from the game’s gov­ern­ing body, Thor­man added: “It’s not for me to do their job. It’s not for me to do James Child’s job ei­ther but I would have a de­cent crack at it.

“I thought we com­peted for most parts apart from the first quar­ter and the last 10 min­utes. But when you make 13 un­forced errors with the ball and con­cede 12 penal­ties you are go­ing to be chas­ing your tail.”

Thor­man had no com­plaints about Brough’s ef­forts on the field, but two tries from Jake Bibby and one apiece from Ben Nakubuwai, Weller Hau­raki and Mark Flanagan, along with five goals from Rob Lui, se­cured a win which lifts Sal­ford into the top eight.

Innes Se­nior and Ol­lie Roberts crossed for Hud­der­s­field while Brough kicked two goals, but Thor­man is still yet to win a game as care­taker coach since re­plac­ing Rick Stone.

Sal­ford coach Ian Wat­son said: “We started well but got a bit scrappy where we didn’t fin­ish our sets in the first half. But in the sec­ond half we got that com­po­sure back. Even when they had a pur­ple patch, we de­fended well and fronted up.”

DANNY BROUGH: Was sent off by ref­eree James Child late on in Hud­der­s­field’s home de­feat.

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