McDermott: It was a try – but not the reason we lost

Leeds Rhinos coach, Brian McDermott believes their sensational team score during Thursday’s defeat to Wigan should have stood, but he insisted that the rule-out was not the reason his side came up short.

Danny McGuire crossed, for what would have arguably been a contender for try of the season after a sweeping handling move; a score that McDermott jokingly said would have been the “best try ever”.

But the video referee ruled-out the try on an obstruction from Kallum Watkins in the build-up, something McDermott disagreed with.

“I thought that was a try,” said McDermott. “The build-up was absolutely sensational and had it been allowed, we’d have scored the best try ever.

“It was really disappointing that try was not awarded but that’s not the reason we lost.  In the first half Wigan had a fair amount of momentum, and ultimately that was where the game was won and lost.”

McDermott also believes his side simply didn’t defend well enough.

“I didn’t think we defended well enough throughout the course of the game,” he said, “to ensure a win.  There are a lot of disappointed players; a lot who feel there were some really harsh calls in the second half, but you have to deal with those.”