Penrith’s blockbuster conflict in opposition to the Parramatta Eels has been marred by an absolute howler from the match officers.
The Parramatta Eels have pulled off a surprising upset victory over the Penrith Panthers, however their two-point triumph was marred by an absolute howler from the match officers.
Parramatta was main by 4 factors within the thirty ninth minute when Kikau dropped the footy after he was tackled by Eels centre Will Penisini close to the 50m line.
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However the referees in some way missed the 27-year-old’s blatant knock-on, permitting play to proceed as teammate Izack Tago picked up the Steeden.
Eels halfback Mitchell Moses threw his arms up at referee Gerard Sutton, who remained unmoved.
And far to the frustration of Parramatta followers, Panthers winger Taylan Might dived over close to the nook flag later in that set to even the scores.
The bunker was additionally unable to intervene as a result of a deal with had been made after Kikau’s knock-on.
“I’m trying to come up with a defence for the Kikau dropped ball,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss stated.
“Was there any signal to say that they saw it as a ball ripped out, even though it wasn’t. It’s hard to believe that it could not be seen.”
Former Cronulla Sharks star Michael Ennis continued: “That’s a blatant knock-on that’s been missed by Gerard Sutton.
“You can see Gutherson and Moses go straight to Gerard Sutton as May got the footy down, saying, ‘Are you serious? Are you serious?’”
SBS reporter Adrian Arciuli tweeted: “In such a big game, that is such a big error missing that Kikau knock-on. Completely changes the game.”
Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary missed the conversion try and gamers returned to the sheds with a 10-10 scoreline.
Queensland nice Johnathan Thurston vented his frustration at halftime on Channel 9, ripping into the match officers.
“You can’t let them go, my goodness,” he cried.
“There’s two touch judges a referee and a Bunker.
“You can’t be missing that in big games, it cannot happen.
“This is the NRL, we’re better than that.”
Parramatta held their nerve within the second half to assert a dramatic 22-20 victory over the reigning premiers, who had not misplaced an NRL match since September final yr.
Extra to come back…
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