Play-acting must be stamped out, insists Ian Watson

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Huddersfield coach Ian Watson says play-acting must be stamped out of the game after being left angered to see Chris Hill sin-binned in their dramatic defeat at Leeds.

It was a a thrilling derby under the lights at Headingley on Wednesday night, with the Rhinos snatching an 18-14 win late on thanks to a try from Blake Austin.

But the game has been overshadowed by the incident that saw Huddersfield prop Hill sin-binned three minutes before the end for what the referee deemed as a dangerous tackle on Leeds full-back Richie Myler.

Speaking after the game, Watson says he was baffled by the yellow card handed to Greenwood at the death; and criticised the actions of Myler that led to the sin-binning of Hill.

“I don’t think he deserved a yellow card,” Watson said. “He didn’t do anything wrong. There are too many players looking to try and get a penalty.

“I will have a good look at it but Chris Hill lets go of him as soon as he jumps in the air.”

Ian Watson: We’re in a great place

Huddersfield still need a point from their last two matches of the regular season to clinch a top-four finish.

Watson says he is happy with their position in the table, but admits his side need to be better if they are to achieve something special this season.

“We’re sat in a great place,” Watson said. “We’ve had a great season so far and in that game we showed a lot of ability and patience. Our execution needs to be better, that needs to improve going into the play-offs.

“I thought for large periods we were the dominant side, we just needed to execute better. Probably our execution fell away in the last 10 minute when Theo (Fages) went off. I think if we had Theo on, we would have won the game.”

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  1. I though the commentators comments on the Myler /Hill incident sent out all the wrong messages. To state how it was clever to try and gain advantage by conning the referees, and this was clever, and whatever the players do is OK?
    The comment on whatever happens the player would sleep well tonight, suggests the condoning of cheating for all the kids looking and listening to those comments.
    What does the broadcaster think about the message their commentators are purporting?
    Well done to Phil Clark for standing up for honesty and integrity. There appears to be very little of this at the moment. A dark day for the game.

  2. Just watched the game and Myler should be suspended for his act in getting Hill. Myler is cheater in the game and his marriage. Well done Phil Clark for speaking sense. The commentators should be replaced by Sky.

  3. It was Jon Wilkin who sed that , the guys in the studio were in the agreement with Clarky . RM has cheated in games year on year . He must have it in his blood (ask his poor wife) joking aside . We really need to get away from this play acting before it turns into what football has in recent years.

  4. I’ve looked at this and it was an innocuous incident that neither Hill not Myler were guilty of anything. The referee should just have got on with the game. However prior to that incident a Huddersfield player totally milked a head injury which seems to be more prevalent in the game than anything else, so let’s keep everything in perspective. Incidentally Clarky and the new recruit Wilkin are that far up their own asse Gary Liniker seems almost sane.

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