St George Illawarra’s 22-13 victory over Newcastle today was not without controversy after the Knights were denied a late try that would have set up a tight finish in the later stages.
Trailing nine points with just over five minutes to go, Knights winger Hymel Hunt appeared to score in the corner before the linesman only considered Mitch Barnett’s pass in the prepping phase. advanced.
The controversial appeal left the 27-year-old winger in disbelief as he argued his case before the linesman to no avail.
While rugby league great Phil Gould took aim at the NRL for overreacting, with the decision of a forward pass today on the back of a controversial pass that was not called up in the Warriors’ victory over the Raiders Last week.
“It’s not forward by any stretch of the imagination,” Gould said on Nine’s NRL cover.
“Last week there was one where the league came out and said it should have been considered a forward pass. You know you’re going to have a reaction this week when the linesmen start calling them. and to move them forward when they won’t.
“The overreaction is always predictable. There is no way the ball will be forward.”
The former Blues Origin coach said the decision ultimately cost Knights fans at McDonald Jones Stadium a “grandstand finish”.
“No way it is ahead, at any time,” he added.
“You kill the local supporters there. What a terrible blow to the Knights.
“It would have given us a grandstand finish.”
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