The rugby league neighborhood was left fuming after a pair of questionable Bunker selections robbed the Newcastle Knights on Thursday.
The rugby league neighborhood was left fuming after a pair of questionable Bunker selections thwarted the Newcastle Knights throughout Thursday night’s conflict with the Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Broncos claimed a convincing 38-12 victory in Newcastle, however the last margin may have been considerably smaller if not for a few baffling calls from the match officers.
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In the thirty fifth minute, scores have been tied at 6-6 when Knights debutant Anthony Milford delivered a grubber that was gathered and grounded by centre Dane Gagai.
But video referee Grant Atkins overturned the on-field choice, adjudging that Gagai had misplaced grip of the ball earlier than grounding it on the tryline.
There was undeniably separation between the Queenslander’s proper hand and the ball, however many pundits believed he had regained management of the footy as he planted it.
“That’s ridiculous,” former Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis stated on Fox League.
“(Gagai) can’t believe it, gee that’s a bad call. I don’t like that one at all.
“We just do everything we can to try and find ways to try and take tries off you these days. Gee it’s frustrating.”
Fox League commentator Warren Smith continued: “Literally the position of his thumb is why he’s been disallowed that try. That’s a crazy call.”
Melbourne Storm legend Cameron Smith informed Channel 9: “I actually thought that he grounded the football.
“I’m suggesting that he does lose the football … but as he grounds the ball it’s in contact with his hand.
“I actually thought it was a try.”
Former Queensland consultant Darryl Brohman tweeted: “Come on. That rule is crap. Change the rule. It’s an utter embarrassment for the NRL. That has been a try since 1908.”
But Newcastle’s frustration solely grew after the halftime break, with Brisbane winger Selwyn Cobbo being awarded a attempt within the 69th minute regardless of what gave the impression to be a transparent obstruction on halfback Adam Clune.
The Knights have been solely trailing by two factors when Broncos ahead Jordan Riki blocked Clune, permitting Brisbane fullback Te Maire Martin to run behind his teammate and go the ball, establishing Cobbo’s long-range attempt.
However, Atkins upheld the attempt as a result of he believed the New Zealander had handed the footy earlier than working behind Riki.
“I don’t agree with that, I don’t agree with that at all,” Smith cried.
“If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck – it’s a duck. And that’s an obstruction. As we know it, and we’ve come to know it in recent seasons, that’s an obstruction every day of the week.”
New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler stated on Channel 9’s protection: “That is a bad call. A bad call.”
Bulldogs footy boss Phil Gould continued: “That just flies in the face of everything they have done with the bunker the last ten years.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield tweeted: “This is a complete farce. That was a no-try. Gagai denied a fair try. Knights robbed. Get rid of the bunker.”
CODE Sports’ Brendan Bradford posted: “Rugby league rules are more confusing than rugby union rules at the minute.”
A fired-up Knights coach Adam O’Brien made his disgust abundantly clear from the teaching field, repeatedly gesturing in direction of the sector because the Bunker’s choice was handed down.
But talking to reporters within the post-match press convention, O’Brien refused accountable the Bunker for the 26-point loss.
“that scoreline at the end there it is inexcusable for us,” he stated.
“I get it took a bit of wind out of the sails, but I think if it happens on the 10m line or on the tryline, the rule should be the same all the way down the field in my opinion … I don’t get it, I don’t understand it.”
The Broncos have now notched 5 consecutive wins, the primary time they’ve achieved the feat since 2017.
“It was good, tough win,” Broncos skipper Kurt Capewell informed Channel 9 after the triumph.
“It obviously wasn’t how we wanted to play in the first half but we addressed it at halftime. It was good to see the boys show a bit of resilience and fight back.”
Kevin Walters’ males, who quickly climb as much as fourth on the NRL ladder, will subsequent face the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, May 27.