NRL apologises for shocking refereeing blunder
The NRL has admitted a touch judge made a critical error in the lead-up to a Cronulla Sharks’ try in their 28 to 24 win over the Canberra Raiders last night.
In the 58th minute, touch judge Ricky McFarlane raised his flag to get the attention of referee Gerard Sutton after what looked like a knock-on from Jesse Ramien.
The Raiders players saw the flag and stopped, despite Sutton not blowing his whistle, which allowed Sione Katoa in for a try.
It was deemed a no-try but still referred to the bunker.
The bunker overturned the on-field call.
It delivered the Sharks the victory that has all but ended Canberra’s season.
It didn’t end there there though, with Joey Leilua’s final pass which put Brad Abbey over the line also controversially ruled forward.
Referees boss Bernard Sutton has called Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to apologise but the decision has left lingering questions about the future of the game.
Clinton Maynard and Craig Willis weighed in on the debate on Macquarie Sports Radio.
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