HALIFAX coach Matt Calland has called for a change to the Rugby Football League’s regulations governing golden point extra time in the wake of last Thursday’s Northern Rail Cup semi final win at Featherstone.
Fax triumphed 31-30 thanks to a Danny Jones one pointer in extra time, but only after Calland had been involved in a heated exchange with match official Gareth Hewer, who had given Rovers - who won the toss and opted to receive possession - the choice of which way they wanted to play.
In normal circumstances, that decision would have been given to Fax skipper Sean Penkywicz.
Unsurprisingly, Daryl Powell’s side opted to roll down Post Office Road’s infamous slope, placing Fax at a clear disadvantage.
“I wasn’t happy at the time, as everyone could see, and I spoke to Ian Smith, who is in charge of the Championship referees on Friday,” said Calland, whose side are back in league action against Karl Harrison’s Batley at the Shay on Sunday.
“He told me that Gareth Hewer had got it right according to their rules, but at the same time I would like to think he realises that it wasn’t fair to us.
“Once Featherstone had decided to receive the ball, they are apparently allowed to decide which way they play as well.
“If they’d decided to kick off, we’d have had that choice.
“Personally, I think it’s something they should change.
“Obviously, in our division, there are two grounds - Featherstone and Batley - where that call can really make a difference.
“But even in Super League you could get a similar situation depending on weather and pitch conditions.
“It’s something that needs looking at.”
Wigan forward Chris Tuson has been summoned to appear before the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee charged with making a dangerous tackle in the Saints-Wigan derby.
Tuson is facing a grade B offence of making dangerous contact on St Helens’ England international Jon Wilkin.