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“One week it’s this way and one week it’s the other” – Furner unhappy with officials

Leeds Rhinos coach Dave Furner has again expressed his anger at the performance of a referee following his side’s loss to London Broncos.

The Rhinos lost 18-16 to the capital-based side after conceding two tries in the last five minutes, but Furner wasn’t happy with how the game was officiated throughout.

“It was clear that they (London) were allowed to slow us down, you could all see that,” he said.

“Again, I’ll go through all the right channels to have a talk about it but there were some areas there I didn’t like.

“Without having a look close up I thought maybe one (of London’s late tries) was a bounce.

“But I’ll have to have a look again and we need to stop that, but as I said I’ll go through the right channels there.

“It was quite obvious there that they were getting numbers in the tackle against us, so I’ll have a look at that.

“I just want to get an understanding. One week it’s this way and one week it’s the other.

It is the second time this season that Furner has been unhappy with an official, following some controversial decisions in his side’s 27-22 loss to St Helens last month.

Furner even met with Head of Referees Steve Ganson, saying at the time: “I wasn’t happy (with decisions in the St Helens game), but it’s very easy to point the finger.

“As a game as a whole we’ve got to encourage the referees and look after them.

“There’s accountability on coaches, accountability on players and accountability on referees, which needs to be in the right forum.

“I am not completely happy yet, but I’ll clear a couple of decisions and then just move on.”

The defeat to London on Friday was the Rhinos’ fourth successive loss and sixth in seven games this year.

And with all the Broncos’ tries coming from kicks, Furner says it is clear where they need to improve: “Three tries from kicks can really take the confidence out of us but we can’t rest until we’ve got the ball back in those situations.

“We showed some really good resilience on the try line apart from those last plays so we need to have a look at that area.

“We did really well at halftime refocusing the group and got ourselves in a position there where we had the game in control.

“But that last six minutes was very, very tough and hurt the group.

“I’ll look at what job needs to be done, and what I need to do.

“It’s a re-build (this season) but we’ve contested against some of the best teams in Super League and maybe if a decision went our way or if we executed a little bit better then we’d have won more games, so that’s all I need to focus on.”

“It’s a long season. There’s going to be no white flag.

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