HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop Eorl Crabtree insists his controversial try against Castleford Tigers was legitimate.
Home fans were left in uproar when video officials refused to overrule Richard Silverwood’s decision of awarding the score at a critical point during Thursday’s 24-16 defeat.
Castleford, who trailed 12-0 earlier, had fought back to 18-16 when the ex-England prop powered between the posts in the 73rd minute.
Replays seemed to suggest Crabtree was short of the whitewash, something Tigers coach Daryl Powell also felt, but a try was given and the hosts’ hopes of delivering success were shattered.
But, asked if it was a try, the 32-year-old told The Yorkshire Post: “Of course it was a try. From the (TV) angle it looked like it wasn’t but Silverwood was looking over the top of me and I was looking up at him and the ball was on the line. I didn’t extend any movement.
“It was short as I hit the floor but momentum and the players on top of me pushed it over so it was a dead-set try.”
Castleford were already furious after video officials confirmed a try for another Huddersfield prop – Craig Huby – in the first half when it appeared he had lost the ball over the line.
Crabtree added: “That was a strange one.
“It depends how you look at it – was it a loose carry or one-on-one steal?
“If it’s a one-on-one steal it’s play on and he scores a try but that’s interpretation.
“That’s rugby, too. If we start criticising everything I’m sure we’d find a lot in the game especially with referees’ decisions but they do the best with what they have got.”
Regardless, of the controversy, Huddersfield were pleased to be able to respond positively after a one-sided Challenge Cup loss at Leeds Rhinos a week ago.
“That hurt,” said Crabtree. “It really did. We went in believing we could win and we got schooled and were taught a big lesson.
“We talked about getting bullied. I’m not sure about that but we were massively out-played, out-enthused and lacked energy.
“At Cas we got off the line, there was more intensity and we worked hard. It was still very scrappy and we still need to fix it up for Catalans next Sunday but it was an improved performance and what we wanted.
“You never know which Catalans will turn up but we need to carry on now.”