Dawson’s proud but fumes at referee after Redruth defeat

Kieron Dawson
Kieron Dawson

WORTHING Raiders Rugby Club head coach Kieron Dawson said he was “immensely proud” of his players after they lost their top-of-the-table match at Redruth on Saturday.

Dawson was frustrated by the performance of the referee during the match, which ended in a 26-22 defeat, although he feels the heart and desire that his side showed still leaves Raiders in a strong position.

Raiders remain top of National 2 South – seven points clear of second-placed Henley Hawks, who were without a game on Saturday and eight points ahead of Redruth, who have two games in hand.

Hartpury dropped to fourth after they surrendered a 26-point half-time lead and lost 31-29 at home to Canterbury.

Dawson said: “It was very frustrating to lose but we were up against it. We lost Charlie McGowan to illness on Friday evening, which meant Jamie Redmayne went into the second row and I sat on the bench as it was too far to get someone else in.

“The lads did incredibly well. We stayed in the game and I was immensely proud of the performance.

“We got a losing bonus point and it was a great performance and a great display of hearts, guts and team spirit. I’ve got nothing but praise for my players.”

Dawson was not as complimentary about the match referee, though, and said: “We had a run-in with him in the corresponding fixture last season.

“Rugby is a very subjective game and you could give a decision at every break down. You could probably see an offence from either side but we felt that most of the 50-50 calls went their way.

“He made decisions that baffled both sides and, if Worthing never have him as a referee again, I’ll be more than happy. I was very angry after the game but the season isn’t done and dusted yet.”

Full report, more reaction and Worthing’s latest injury blow in this week’s paper.