Rugby League round-up: League's apology an insult to fans, says Hull KR chief
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Sunday 26 May 2013
Hull KR have dismissed the Rugby League's apology for the decision that cost them their Magic Weekend clash with bitter rivals Hull as "wholly inadequate".
Steve Ganson has admitted in his capacity as video referee that he allowed a late winning try by Chris Green, which should have been ruled out for offside. Ganson, who has recently and embarrassingly been put in charge of coaching referees, effectively making him their boss, has apologised to Rovers for the error that condemned them to a 22-16 defeat.
"Steve has been in contact with Hull KR and offered his apologies," said the RFL's head of match officials, Jon Sharp.
However, Rovers'chairman, Neil Hudgell, has called the RFL's stance "empty and tokenistic and an insult to our fans".
"It was the single worst decision in 10 years of rugby league," he said. Ganson was stood down from video refereeing duties.
On the pitch, the Huddersfield Giants consolidated second place with a commanding 36-6 win over Bradford. Two tries from Dale Ferguson, Scott Grix, Larne Patrick, Shaun Lunt and Brett Ferres did the damage for the Giants.
A second try of the match from Jordan James brought Salford a late 28-22 win over Widnes that lifts them off the foot of the table.
Warrington were too strong for St Helens, winning 48-22, while Castleford beat St Helens 48-22 and Catalan Dragons triumphed 46-18 over the London Broncos.
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