Castleford boss frustrated by obstruction decisions

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has spoken about his frustrations over referees’ interpretation of the obstruction rule after seeing his side concede two controversial tries against Leeds Rhinos.

First half tries by Ben Jones-Bishop and Kallum Watkins were allowed to stand by the video referee although there was more than a hint of obstruction in the build-up and with the Tigers having had tries ruled out for similar offences in games this season the lack of consistency is frustrating Powell, who has spoken to referees chief Jon Sharp about the issue.

He said: “We’re getting a few things going against us at the moment, which are a little bit frustrating.

“I’m asking the relevant questions and getting feedback that ‘you’re right there that try should have been chalked off’ but that doesn’t help us at the end of the day.

“There’s one just before Leeds’ second try where they have run Liam Finn off the ball. You can’t run over our lines or put shoulders into chests of defenders and that’s exactly what they did.

“There’s just a lack of understanding from some of the referees at the moment on what exactly is what with what happens to defenders when you run certain lines.

“We’ve had a couple of real tough calls in the Leeds and Saints games, but it happens and we’ve got to put them on the back burner and move forward now. We’ve got some key games coming up.”

Although he felt his side were hard done to by some decisions, Powell agreed that Leeds had been the best side last week and deserved their 22-14 victory.

But he also believed the Tigers were not far away if they could have reduced the second half error count.

He added: “We just made too many errors.

“I thought we got a couple of tough calls in the first half, but in the second we never really got into the game and made nine errors out of 17 sets. You are struggling to compete if you do that.

“Leeds were exceptional with their kicking game and that plus the errors put us under pressure.

“But having said that we hung in there and we weren’t too far away at the end. With a couple of decisions in the first half and we would be pretty close.

“We’ve had a couple of games where we didn’t get the results we wanted, but the performances weren’t too far away.

“We need to restart with the next block of games and start to get some results on the board.”