Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson believes the decision not to ban Scott Grix for his altercation with Gareth Ellis was the correct decision, insisting he was within his rights to stand his ground.
Grix was hauled to the floor by Hull FC captain Ellis whilst the latter was trying to chase down a high kick during the Black and Whites’ win over the Giants last Thursday. Grix was subsequently charged with a Grade A striking offence for his retaliation to the incident, and although Anderson admits Grix’s response “wasn’t great”, there were mitigating circumstances for him only receiving a £300 fine and no ban.
“We put up a strong case for mitigation. His response wasn’t great in regards to what he did, but there were mitigating circumstances regarding the action that was taken on him,” Anderson said.
“Grixy was allowed to do what he did within the rules of the game; he’s allowed to stand there. That was the route we went down; he felt he needed protection as a full-back who knows the rules of the game, and we feel like he’s got it at his hearing.
“He shouldn’t have taken it into his own hands, but it is what it is.”