THE FINAL quarter of Leeds Rhinos’ home clash with Huddersfield Giants last week included possibly the pass of the season – but it didn’t count.
Danny Brough found winger Jodie Broughton with a brilliant cut-out ball. Referee Richard Silverwood handed the decision on to video referees Phil Bentham and Steve Ganson and they – typically of this season – said ‘no try, obstruction’. Fans pay good money to watch moments of class like that Brough pass not to be frustrated by laws which negate thrilling attacking play.
Same thing at the end of the game, when Leeds – playing on after the hooter – thought they had snatched the most dramatic of wins through a Tom Briscoe touchdown. The job of the video referees is to ensure correct decisions are made. It is not to find ways to prevent tries being scored, which is how they seem to be operating now. It’s ruining the game.