AFTER a famous derby win with 12 men, you would think Hull FC head coach Lee Radford would be a happy man.
But he expressed real concerns for the sport yesterday after the Black and Whites’ 30-22 victory at Hull KR went on for more than two hours.
Numerous decisions were handed over to video referee Phil Bentham who also interjected ahead of Hull winger Bureta Faraimo’s ninth-minute red card for a late, high tackle.
“This isn’t sour grapes because we won but what separates us from rugby union is the speed of the game,” said Radford.
“Why have we got an official on the field? We may as well just go upstairs all the time.
“Either employ a referee who is going to grow a pair or have a video referee in every game so at least we know what we’re getting.
Either employ a referee who is going to grow a pair or have a video referee in every game so at least we know what we’re getting.Lee Radford
“Too much is going up. If that game isn’t on Sky, the referee has got to make those decisions himself. You’re almost dreading a Sky game. The effort was phenomenal. It was a really, really big win because of the sending off.
“I thought the red card was ridiculous. You see 10 of those tackles every week.”
Hull KR will be smarting they did not make the most of the circumstances after their rivals were a man down for so long.
But coach Tim Sheens – who had his own concerns about the obstruction rule after Adam Quinlan’s disallowed try – admitted: “The scoreboard pressure just got to our players. Everytime we got back in the game our right-edge gave up points. It’s been an ongoing problem for us.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been as frustrated in a game as what we were doing initially after they went down to 12 was working.
“The first half we played our left edge really well then went away from it.”
Danny McGuire and Shaun Lunt will be out of Monday’s game.