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Super League: Brian McDermott proud of Leeds and feels late call went against them

Last Updated: 27/05/13 11:23am

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Brian McDermott: Felt his side were harshly done by with the decision to rule out a late try

Brian McDermott: Felt his side were harshly done by with the decision to rule out a late try

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Leeds coach Brian McDermott was left feeling "immensely proud" by his side for their display against Wigan - but was less enthusiastic about the video referee that might have cost his Rhinos victory.

The reigning Super League champions went down 20-16 in the final game of Magic Weekend, meaning they have now lost three in a row in all competitions.

"I'm immensely proud to be involved with this group. I thought we had a good number of harsh calls and, to be still in the contest, everybody should be proud."
Brian McDermott

However it could have been a different outcome had video official Ian Smith not ruled out a late try for Danny McGuire due to obstruction that would have levelled the scores with the conversion to follow.

"Nobody was obstructed," he insisted. "Whoever pressed the button understands the rules but probably doesn't understand the game."

Despite the disappointment of seeing such a crucial moment go against his troops McDermott wasn't too down, adding: "It was an outstanding game. I've got to give Wigan credit. They had more composure than we did when attacking the tryline.

"I'm immensely proud to be involved with this group. I thought we had a good number of harsh calls and, to be still in the contest, everybody should be proud."

Different view

Wigan counterpart saw the disallowed try differently, saying: "I was relieved obviously but I was more concerned with how it happened. The referee dealt with it correctly."

The Warriors made it 11 straight wins thanks to first-half tries from Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards - who also kicked four goals - and Josh Charnley.

"It was enjoyable to grind out a win," Wane said. "We've not been in many arm wrestles recently.

"We were not at our best in our attack but our defence was solid and we played with a lot of energy.

"To beat a quality team like Leeds in an event like this in front of a big crowd is pleasing.

"I was pleased with our attitude. We stayed in with them, even though our attack was nowhere near its best. It was Matty Smith's first game back and Sam Powell is still learning so I'm sure we will be a lot better next week."

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