Ricky Stuart believes he’s owed an apology after the Raiders were dudded of an opportunity to kick a penalty goal to send their clash with the Dragons to golden point.
The Dragons held a 12-10 lead with just over a minute to go when their fullback Cody Ramsey dropped a bomb, giving the Raiders a golden opportunity to score.
The Dragons’ defence scrambled and on the fifth tackle Ben Hunt and Jack Bird intentionally laid all over Joe Tapine to slow down play. As a result the Raiders were awarded six again.
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“They can’t give away a penalty, set restart is the call,” Fox League commentator Warren Smith said.
But they couldn’t do anything with it because with five seconds left Hunt — who wasn’t square at marker either — tackled dummy half Tom Starling.
“Starling gets monstered… no whistle… game over,” Smith said.
The Raiders players blew up and Elliott Whitehead was seen pleading with the referee Peter Gough.
“Canberra can’t believe it, surely there was a penalty there at the death. They got the set restart, they wanted the penalty to get two points to send this to golden point,” Smith said.
“There is a bit to look at here and not the first time here at this venue a controversial call with time expiring between the Raiders and the Dragons.
“Canberra in disbelief and the Dragons so much relief that they’ve hung on here.”
Steve ‘Blocker’ roach quickly pointed out that “Ben Hunt was never square” at marker.
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Nathan Hindmarsh, while on The Matty Johns Show, was also quick to say that Hunt was “not square.”
Meanwhile, Storm star Brandon Smith — who was also on The Matty Johns Show — highlighted the negative side to the six-again rule and how it cruelled the Raiders.
Previously, a ruck infringement would have been penalised.
“This is where a six-again is not really a great asset for you as a team,” Smith said.
“But I think if you just knock the ball on — I don’t think it’s legal — but if you pretend to knock the ball on I think they get a two-point conversion.”
Hunt admitted in the post-match press conference that he was “pretty happy he didn’t blow (the whistle)” when asked about the referee’s call.
Meanwhile, Stuart was clearly upset with what had happened.
“I only needed to see it once. But tomorrow I’ll get an apology,” he said.
“When you’re in high-performance business, there’s always going to be pressure, and when there’s pressure you need courage and there needed to be courage on that ruling on the last play of the day.”
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