Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has spoken of his admiration for the way his team have been able to shrug off controversial decisions in games and carry on playing their rugby.
A number of debatable decisions went against the Tigers in the first half of last Saturday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final at Wigan, particularly when Luke Dorn was denied what looked a perfectly good try for an obstruction spotted by video referee Ben Thaler.
Another big decision saw a knock-on by Wigan full-back Matthew Bowen near his own line ruled as a charge down by Thaler to mystify the Cas contingent at the ground and watching on television.
But although the decisions could have proved costly in the knockout cup tie the Tigers players did not let it get to them, kept their cool and kept their focus.
“The same video referee seems to be consistently hitting us at the moment, which is disappointing, but the team just pushes these sorts of things off and just gets on with it,” said Powell.
“That’s a real strong element of what we’ve got at the moment, we don’t let things bother us too much.
“There were a few line ball decisions that went against us. I think the bounce of the ball seemed to be going the other way as well.
“Whether it was the bounce of the ball or a couple of close refereeing decisions that hurt us, I thought we were unlucky not to be further ahead in the first half.
“But eight line breaks to two over the course of the game showed really the attacking threat we had. And the defensive effort from everybody was unbelievable in the second half.”