The Canberra Raiders have taken a 12-8 lead to the break against the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on the back of a controversial forward pass.
The Raiders chanced its arm on the final tackle down the short side with Jarrod Croker passing to Nick Cotric, who kicked back on the inside, before a final pass to Elliott Whitehead to score the try.
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It was a brilliant finish to the play but the Fox Sports commentators were caught up on the clear forward pass.
Croker‘s pass was forward for sure,“ Andrew Voss said at the time. ”The pass surely was forward, I don’t know what they’ll check. What do they check?”
Voss added that the referees might have been “embarrassed” after seeing it back.
Greg Alexander added: “The pass was a yard forward.”
The Bunker can‘t rule on forward passes meaning the light came up green.
“We‘ve had a lot of passes this year that have been hard to tell whether it’s gone forward, that one was quite obvious,” Alexander said. “That was as forward as you’ll ever want it to be and the touch judge couldn’t have been in a better position to rule on it.”
That didn’t just float forward.Source:FOX SPORTS
Steve Roach added: “What‘s the touchie doing? That’s a deliberate forward pass, he’s right there, what’s he doing?”
Voss agreed that he called a dummy half forward pass that changed the game for the green machine.
At halftime, Cooper Cronk called it “a blatant forward pass”.
Forward pass or not, I have both Wighton and Whitehead in my fantasy footy team so I’ll allow it #NRLEelsRaiders #NRL
WHATTABOUT THE Forward pass 🥺
Is there an arguement the video referee could actually rule Nick Cotric offside here? Could be adjudged to be in front of Croker when he passes it and isn’t put back onside. Bunker can rule on offsides, but not forward passes. #NRLEelsRaiders pic.twitter.com/UVGuegdZS0
It‘s been a costly match for both sides with the Raiders’ Corey Horsburgh off with a foot injury after being caught under a defending player that led to a heated scuffle and Eels halfback Mitchell Moses seemingly suffering a torn calf injury.
Horsburgh erupted, reportedly flipping off the crowd and leaving “in tears” according to the commentators.
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