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Reith slams ref after loss

PUBLISHED: 17:52 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

Greenwich 18 Bulldogs 16 BULLDOGS crashed to their first defeat of the season in Greenwich on Saturday, but for coach Kevin Reith it was a case of daylight robbery in south London. I don t usually criticise referees but this one was absolutely shockin

Greenwich 18 Bulldogs 16

BULLDOGS crashed to their first defeat of the season in Greenwich on Saturday, but for coach Kevin Reith it was a case of 'daylight robbery' in south London.

"I don't usually criticise referees but this one was absolutely shocking," slammed the coach. "I went into his dressing room after the game to clarify a few points, and he knew that he had made some bad decisions."

Having won all their matches so far in this campaign convincingly, the coach was worried how they might react to a real battle against one of the big guns in the league, but he needn't have worried.

"They all played really well and gave it their all in what was a real bruising encounter," said Reith. "Three of them came off with cuts, one with concussion, but they stuck to their task so well, which is what makes the fact that the game was stolen off them so frustrating!"

Aussie, Richard Griffiths was the star of the show for the Bulldogs with two first half tries, but defensive errors allowed Greenwich to establish a narrow 12-10 lead at the break.

Then the real controversy came. Griffiths and Jack Gammans set up Jack Bryant to put them back in front but when David North latched on to a kick to add another, it was ruled out for a double movement.

Greenwich were then awarded a try which looked a metre short, and when Griffiths and Bryant added further touch-downs, they were both ruled out by the referee, who blew the final whistle as Bryant's try was disallowed.

This Saturday the Bulldogs travel to St Ives for another league game.


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