The best team have lost, says Huddersfield boss Ian Watson

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson believes the better team lost the Challenge Cup final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Liam Marshall scored in the dying minutes to hand Matt Peet his first major trophy in his first year in charge of the club.

The Giants had led 10-6 at halftime thanks to tries from Ricky Leutele and Chris McQueen. Harry Smith scores for Wigan.

Jai Field fought back early in the second 40, but Huddersfield regained the lead on the hour mark through Jermaine McGillvary’s one-man club.

However, Marshall’s 76th-minute try earned Ian Watson his third defeat in a major final.

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Ian Watson believes the best team lost

“The boys have made a huge change,” Watson said in his post-match press conference.

“I thought we were exceptional as a group. I think we were the better team for a lot of the game. We just don’t get what we probably deserve today.

When asked if he thought the better team had lost, Watson replied: “Yes. And that’s what hurts. It hurts because of all the effort they put in and it comes down to a little moment in the game where they caught up to us.

Chris Hill injury

Chris Hill was helped onto the pitch in the first half through injury

Huddersfield lost influential prop Chris Hill in the 20th minute to injury. They were also without Theo Fages, who was ruled out ahead of the game.

“People with that level of experience are huge at these kinds of games.

“I thought Chris Hill was exceptional. Losing him was a big, big blow.

“We think it’s his calf. We’ll have to send it for a scan, so we don’t know how long that will take.

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