Salford Red Devils coach Ian Watson slams referee after Super League loss to Leeds
Salford trainer Ian Watson accused referee Marcus Griffiths of”destroying” the match as Leeds chased an 8-0 deficit to win 22-8 in the AJ Bell Stadium.
In a scathing attack on the match officials and also Head of Officials Steve Ganson, Watson accused Griffiths of”washing his hands on Salford” since the house fans turned from him.
When Salford full-back Niall Evalds appeared to be handled in the air taking a large kick watson emphasized an event from the second half.
No penalty was awarded and Watson believed it was the catalyst for several calls that were big to go contrary to his team.
“There are things that happened in that second half that are far beyond our control,” said Watson.
“Ten days out of 10 if this undertake Evalds was Sky, that’s a penalty. I would like Ganson to describe me personally that personally and contact us – he needs to return to me.
“In this game, things are becoming tighter and tighter – we’re talking about people’s livelihoods. Individuals that are in charge of the games’ve to do it the ideal way and I felt the game was destroyed.
“When the crowd went berserk in the match, he just washed his hands Salford and refereed the match in a totally different way.
“That is what I’m unhappy about. Folks ask for your opinion – you should be able to give your opinion.
“Ganson should get in contact with me and tell me he’s putting individuals in control of a game who can’t control the game.
“I contacted him (Ganson) a couple of times last year and that he never got back to me. We are not Wigan or St Helens so we are not significant enough to take care of.”
Of his group’s performance, Watson said:”I thought our effort has been outstanding. We played well in the first half clocked off for one section of it”
Salford, who’ve won only once this season, led before half-time but Leeds scored 22 points to fasten a more win.
Into the match was flipped by tries both sides of half-time from Luke Briscoe and Luke Gale Leeds’ favour later Salford scored unconverted attempts through Evalds and Tui Lolohea.
As Leeds floor down Salford in worsening conditions the second half was to prove a story. Attempts from Jack Walker and Mikolaj Oledzk affirmed victory for the Rhinos.
Leeds coach Richard Agar was pleased to be taking both points back and was impressed with the character displayed by his group.
He said:”This is a match of two halves for us. We were bad and scrappy in the first half of the attempt before half-time was a major moment.
“Sometimes you only have to adapt your style of soccer to requirements and we have it better in the next half. The debut of Richie Myler and (Adam) Cuthbertson helped us.
“We had much more energy within our tanks at the second half of our implementation was a bit more clinical. It wasn’t real pretty but occasionally scrap for a triumph and you’ve got to roll up your sleeves.
“There was not too much we can take out of that first half – we didn’t execute in any region of the match. But after that our half-backs managed the game fairly well.”