Super League: Huddersfield Giants have received messages of support after defeat
Last Updated: 07/04/14 7:09pm
Huddersfield's managing director Richard Thewlis has praised the "immense restraint" shown by head coach Paul Anderson and captain Danny Brough after Sunday's controversial Tetley's Challenge Cup exit.
St Helens put paid to the Giants' hopes of reaching Wembley this season as Luke Walsh's late drop goal clinched his side a 17-16 triumph at John Smith's Stadium.
However the hosts - who had led 16-8 before Saints clawed themselves on level terms - thought they had taken the lead just before with a one-pointer from Brough, only for referee Phil Bentham to rule it had actually gone wide.
The decision meant the score remained at 16-all and allowed Saints to go up the other end of the field and snatch victory through Walsh's right boot, maintaining their perfect record in 2014 in the process and send the Giants out.
Thewlis issued a statement on Monday to explain his pride at the performance and also declare Anderson and Brough a "credit to the club" for the way they handled themselves in the immediate aftermath.
“In the cold light of day the hugely disappointing fact is that we are out of the prestigious Challenge Cup that meant so much to us all at the club," he said.
Both our head coach and captain displayed immense restraint and were very professional in dealing with a situation that even now I am sure they, like our supporters, are still are bemused with. Both are an absolute credit to the club and game and with that calibre of person within the Giants I am confident that our future looks very healthy indeed.
"How and why it happened is for others to consider and its been very pleasing as a club to receive so many messages of support throughout the game. Certainly our social media channels went red hot after the game and we are being hammered by our supporters for answers to some key issues yesterday and such is the weight of passion behind this Cup tie that I imagine the RFL will give some public comment as to how the game unfolded and the defining incident towards the end.
“What I can say though is how proud I was firstly in the teams performance and secondly in the press reactions of both Paul Anderson and Danny Brough in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle. Let’s all be clear how high emotions were running and things could have been said in the heat of the moment that may have caused problems further down the line.
"Both our head coach and captain displayed immense restraint and were very professional in dealing with a situation that even now I am sure they, like our supporters, are still are bemused with. Both are an absolute credit to the club and game and with that calibre of person within the Giants I am confident that our future looks very healthy indeed.
“We now turn all our focus now to our next Super League game at Hull FC where we again face adversity in respect of the two clubs relative preparation periods showing a huge disparity and we wrote at the time to the RFL expressing our views there. Ultimately though the facts remain - as they do from Sunday too - and we battle on united as a club and with the backing of our wonderful supporters who yesterday, as always, were magnificent.”
Huddersfield return to league action on Thursday night when they travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull FC, a game you can see live on Sky Sports.