Broughton calls for review on obstruction

Huddersfield Giants winger Jodie Broughton has urged the sport’s referees to bring an end to the increasingly frustrating interpretation of the obstruction rule.

Huddersfield Giants' Jodie Broughton.

The England Knights wideman had a ‘try’ ruled out in the 70th minute as his side sought to clinch their 24-22 win at Leeds Rhinos on Thursday.

It came via a brilliant pass from Danny Brough, possibly the evening’s finest piece of skill.

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However, it was denied for obstruction due to a dummy runner touching a Leeds defender in the line, regardless of the fact he had no chance of ever getting close to the Huddersfield stand-off.

With penalties for such an offence becoming increasingly prevalent, and well-worked tries being called back, Broughton admits it is annoying for everyone.

“It’s a bit sad,” he told The Yorkshire Post, after Huddersfield picked up their fifth win in six matches.

“I Tweeted about it in the Cas game last week. There’d been a couple of obstructions and they need to sort it out as I don’t think those or this impeded anyone.

“The letter of the law says if you run behind someone or stop a line it’s classed as obstruction but I think they should be all taken on their own merit; decide if it’s made an impact on the defence.

“But also it’s whether a defender’s milked it as some people did that last week when really they’d just made a wrong decision.

“It ruins the culture a bit as it’s encouraging – not cheating as such – but bad sportsmanship as you’re trying to play to get the penalty which rugby’s not really about. That’s more a football thing really.

“We don’t want it going that way. It’s an easy game played hard and we just need to address that.”

Ex-Leeds Academy product Broughton, 26, was not even supposed to play on Thursday when Giants held on, the hosts’ Tom Briscoe dramatically having a try disallowed after the final hooter.

“I’ve been struggling with ankle and groin injuries and was 18th man but Leroy Cudjoe fell ill so I got the call about 2 o’clock saying I’d better be ready,” he revealed. “I was still struggling a little bit. I wasn’t 100 per cent. My ankle was still a bit iffy, but I was glad to get through it with a win.

“I was a bit nervous with that decision at the end, to be honest, as I’ve never beaten Leeds before.

“They’re the club I grew up supporting and this first win has been a long time coming but I thought it’d all been thrown away.

“Luckily we did enough to get it but you just don’t know anymore with video decisions – both sets of fans were cheering at different points of that replay – so it was tough waiting for that ‘no try’ decision to finally come.”