NRL legends blast ‘disgraceful’ call


Phil Gould and Greg Alexander were among the NRL greats who slammed an “absurd decision” which denied the Sydney Roosters a try.

NRL: Fox League commentators Andrew Voss and Greg Alexander can’t understand Jared Maxwell’s decision in the Bunker to rule a no try.

Sydney Roosters prop Lindsay Collins was denied a try during Saturday evening’s NRL match against the Newcastle Knights following a “disgraceful” call from the Bunker.

The Roosters were leading 36-12 in the second half at the SCG when Collins received an inside pass from teammate Jake Friend.

The 24-year-old barged through a tackle before diving between the posts, but referee Ashley Klein opted to send it to the Bunker, calling no try.

Although forward Nat Butcher was standing still during the incident, the Bunker ruled he had obstructed the Newcastle defenders, and the try was disallowed.

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Penrith Panthers great Greg Alexander blasted video referee Jared Maxwell, arguing it was the “wrong” decision.

“Tex Hoy went in front of Butcher, and he didn’t really affect him as he still had a shot on Lindsay Collins,” Alexander said on Fox League.

“Jared Maxwell got the first decision of the night wrong, and he got that one wrong too. That is two crosses against Jared Maxwell tonight.

“I did think he was the best video referee, but he has just fallen off the perch. He is now No. 2 or No. 3.”

Commentator Andrew Voss responded: “Butcher is the man playing the ball and he doesn’t move from where he played it.

“So after Nat Butcher plays the ball is he meant to run forward or run back? What is he meant to do?

Veteran rugby league broadcaster Phil Gould tweeted: “What an absurd decision. Absolutely ridiculous. Referees and Bunker have absolutely no idea. They create issues that don’t exist. That is disgraceful.”

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was also bemused by the decision, and pleaded for a revival of “common sense” in the NRL’s officiating.

“To send up J Moz’s no try, then to send that one up no try, you can send it up a try,” Robinson told reporters after the match.

“Common sense needs to take over at some point. He stood still, there was ample opportunity, that’s a try every day of the week.

“You’re searching on that occasion. Then we had the pretty simple review of the captain’s challenge and tackled without the ball … it was really simple to see.

Having recorded their 13th win of the season, the Roosters have moved up to third spot on the NRL ladder.

NRL: The Roosters have claimed a crushing 30-point win over the Newcastle Knights in their round 18 clash at the SCG.

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