A Krisnan Inu field aim with significantly less than a moment remaining in extra time handed Canterbury a controversial 23-22 victory more than Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Inu calmly slotted the point from about 30 metres out as the Bulldogs tightened their grip on the NRL minor premiership with their 12th consecutive win.
But the game, played in front of 29,194 followers, was marred by a video refereeing choice by Sean Hampstead, who awarded a 74th minute try out to Bulldogs winger Jonathan Wright.
The lanky flyer dived over in the left corner right after Frank Pritchard ran behind Josh Morris who appeared to have impeded Tigers centre Blake Ayshford.
Tigers captain Robbie Farah exploded following the choice was made.
“Considering that the day rugby league was developed you are unable to run behind a player … it really is a shepherd,” Farah advised the referees.
The Tigers did a excellent task to remain in the contest with prop Aaron Woods’ converted try out in the 78th moment locking the scores at 22-22.
Canterbury went into the halftime break with a twelve-six lead immediately after two brilliant long-array tries to Aiden Tolman and Josh Reynolds.
The joint venture pegged a try back just ahead of the break, to winger Marika Koroibete, prior to a sensational opening to the second half resulted in the Fijian flyer scoring his 2nd consider on 45 minutes.
Quickly right after, Reynolds place Inu by means of a hole down the proper edge prior to the centre linked with Ben Barba who scored on 55 minutes with Inu converting to make it 18-10.
The Tigers had raid immediately after raid repelled by the Bulldogs prior to Blake Ayshford created a wonderful inside ball to send Marshall in excess of for a converted try to make it 18-16 but they lost momentum when Tim Moltzen dropped the re-start.
Tigers coach Tim Sheens stated he would discuss Hampstead’s ruling with NRL officials.
“I would rather speak to Harrigan and Raper (referees’ bosses Bill and Stuart) about it. The exact same thing occurred in State of Origin … there is some grey areas that need to have to be addressed I suppose,” he stated.
“You cannot run around (a player) and take benefit of it. I know it was an unusual one but he ran around the guy, the lead runner, and took benefit of it … anyway we’ll wait and see what the referees’ coordinators come up with.”
When pressed again about the matter Sheens became fed up.
“Boys, I don’t want to keep going on about it. We produced a comment about it I can’t modify it, there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. The boys played a courageous game. It was a challenging game of football.”
Hasler was asked what he believed of Hampstead’s choice.
“Study the principles my friend. All the crucial indicators have been met … do you recognize what I imply? You should know what they are … so it truly is a try,” Hasler stated.
The Tigers have some injury concerns ahead of next week’s clash with Sydney Roosters with Moltzen (hand) and Beau Ryan (leg) both in doubt.