The Eels had been handed a decisive, controversial penalty attempt that left TV commentators clashing over the contentious name.
The Eels had been handed a controversial penalty attempt within the first half in opposition to Penrith after hooker Reed Mahoney got here desperately near scoring from a Shaun Lane offload.
The Eels backrower flicked the ball behind to Mahoney, who caught it with the arm of Jaeman Salmon draped over his shoulder.
It ended up being a decisive determination because the Eels held on for a 22-20 win.
The 24-year-old pushed his method to the road, with Salmon, fullback Dylan Edwards and prop Matt Eisenhuth coming in to make a last-ditch effort to cease the attempt.
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“This is a contentious call coming up,” Fox League’s Andrew Voss mentioned because the Parramatta facet trailed by two factors because the rating sat 6-4.
Whereas the defenders had been profitable in blocking Mahoney from grounding the ball, the Bunker dominated that the Eels gun would have discovered the road if Salmon had not held him previous to touching the ball.
“Reed Mahoney is the support player here, Jaeman Salmon already has contact with him before he receives the ball,” Bunker official Ashley Klein mentioned.
“There is quite a gap between the nearest defender being Matt Eisenhuth and Dylan Edwards, without the interference from Jaeman Salmon we believe that Reed Mahoney would have got there earlier in a one-on-one situation and a try could have been scored.”
Andrew Voss believed the Bunker made the right determination, claiming he supporting the “logic” of the decision.
“I support the logic of the process there running through what happened, I hope it doesn’t decide the match but I agree the point they have reached here,” Voss mentioned.
“I agree with you, I think the logic around it that he would have got to the try line if there wasn’t any hands on him,” Fox League’s Shane Flanagan mentioned.
“But Ivan Cleary has just fallen out of his hospital bed.”
Fox League analyst Michael Ennis disagreed along with his colleagues.
“There is no doubt he was holding him, but Edwards was already committed to that Lane tackle, so there is plenty of space there for Mahoney,” Ennis mentioned.
“Look at the gap here… I don’t think he gets there.
“It is a tricky one isn’t it, it really is.”
At halftime, the essential cross-town conflict sits at 10-10, with the Eels unable to maintain out the Panthers simply previous to halftime.
Initially revealed as ‘Look at the gap’: NRL divided after Eels awarded uncommon penalty attempt