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Rhinos - Ref got it right
Winger backs video official's call as Rhinos complete comeback
Match-winner Ben Jones-Bishop believes video referee Richard Silverwood was correct to award a penalty try which secured Leeds a dramatic 32-28 comeback victory over Bradford Bulls.
The Rhinos had fought back from 28-10 down but still trailed by two points when Jones-Bishop was hauled down by Bulls winger Gareth Raynor as he attempted to collect his own kick forward.
Match official Steve Ganson passed the decision on whether to award a penalty try up to Silverwood and, after a lengthy wait, he gave the decision in favour of Leeds.
Winger Jones-Bishop, who has returned to Leeds after a spell on loan at Harlequins last season, insisted Silverwood had made the correct decision.
"I thought it was the right decision," he said afterwards. "Once the full-back had slipped, I thought I was pretty clear to score. I thought I would have got to it."
McDermott praises character
New Leeds coach Brian McDermott, the former Bradford prop, also backed the decision but had some sympathy for his old club.
"I thought there was enough argument for it," he said. "It was certainly worth a penalty.
"I don't feel we got out of jail but I will give Bradford a lot of credit. I thought they played really strong and exploited some of the stuff that we weren't doing well.
"Things just weren't going right for us and they will feel frustrated that they didn't win this game.
"There is enough for us to work on. I can't take credit for the comeback. They're a tough group who have been together for a while now. They have a lot of resilience."
Bradford supremo Mick Potter, who has taken over from England boss Steve McNamara at Odsal, had his doubts over the penalty try but was left more non-plussed by the video referee's decision to disallow a try by Chev Walker for a knock-on when his side were leading 28-10.
"We had two other players coming into the frame and possibly they would have got to the ball before Jones-Bishop," Potter stated.
"I get distracted by the other one that wasn't awarded. I don't know where the knock-on. I'd like to talk to the video referee at some stage."
Of his team's performance in his first match at the helm, Potter added: "I wasn't too sure what to expect but very happy with a lot of people's effort.
"We just need to make sure we can do it for 80 minutes, especially against those top teams. It's not luck - it's about playing for 80 minutes.
"We definitely put a lot of effort through the game. I'm sure both teams were tiring but they seemed to be able to find the energy late in the game. When you have more of the ball, you find the energy."
Potter also confirmed that loose forward Jamie Langley is facing an enforced lay-off after damaging a shoulder.
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