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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 21:17 GMT 22:17 UK
Bradford were cheated - McNamara
By Phil Gordos
BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

Referee Steve Ganson
Ganson made two controversial decisions at the end of the match
Bradford coach Steve McNamara says his team were robbed of victory in the final game of Millennium Magic.

And he left no-one in any doubt who was to blame for his side's 42-38 loss to Leeds: referee Steve Ganson.

"It's completely wrong what happened out there," said McNamara, who claims both sides were the victims of poor calls from the St Helens official.

"The teams did not decide that game. The referee decided what happened - I think our team has been cheated."

Ganson, one of six full-time referees in the engage Super League, was prevented by the Rugby Football League from responding to McNamara's allegations in the immediate aftermath of the game.

He made a penalty up at the end to help give Leeds a draw

Bradford coach Steve McNamara

But McNamara had one high-profile ally in Leeds counterpart Tony Smith.

The Australian admits the performance of the match officials left him scratching his head, although his comments were not as incendiary as McNamara's.

"I was bemused by many, many decisions," said Smith, who admitted Bradford should have taken the spoils in Cardiff.

"I don't think we deserved to win - Bradford were the better team."

That was scant consolation to McNamara, who did not pull any punches in his post-match news conference.

"The whole game was decided by the referee," he said.

"I'm absolutely sick to the teeth of it. I've had enough.

Jordan Tansey celebrates his try
Tansey's try was scored as the final hooter sounded
"The players did not deserve that. The powers that be crave close games but that's just stupid."

The decisions that infuriated the Bulls boss came at the death.

First, Matt Cook was incorrectly penalised for being offside, then Leeds were awarded a try that should have been ruled out.

"It was not a penalty," fumed McNamara of the Cook incident.

"He (Ganson) invented a penalty. He made a penalty up at the end to help give Leeds a draw."

As it turned out, Kevin Sinfield's kick at goal rebounded off a post, allowing Jordan Tansey to claim the match-winning score.

606: DEBATE
Billy the Bull

However, replays subsequently showed Tansey was offside and the try should been disallowed.

"The players deserve an explanation but there isn't one," said McNamara, who said it was time referees started being held to account.

"If my players consistently make wrong decisions, then they don't play the week after," he said.

"We deserved to win that game - and we should have done."

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