The Canterbury Bulldogs have taken a stunning 20-10 lead over the South Sydney Rabbitohs to the halftime break but for an incredible howler, it could have been so much better.
The Bulldogs didn‘t look like the team in 16th as the side put the Rabbitohs to the sword, racing out to a 20-0 lead after 27 minutes.
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With the Rabbitohs heading to the finals, it was truly shocking how the side hadn‘t turned up against Canterbury.
When the Rabbitohs‘ Jaydn Su’A was sent to the sin bin for a high shoulder charge the Bulldogs took full advantage with two quick tries.
“He‘s not plying OzTag mate,” Souths’ Adam Reynolds said after Su’A was sent for 10.
The commentators were shocked by the sin binning with Lachlan Lewis knocked out.
Channel 9‘s Andrew Johns said there was no way Su’A should have been sent off.
But as Su‘A returned to the field, the Rabbitohs finally flexed their attacking muscle.
Passing wide, winger Jaxson Paulo snuck around the outside, scoring a seemingly textbook try, with referee Ashley Klein awarding the score.
But before he had grounded the ball, Paulo‘s right foot slid into touch with the commentators and social media blowing up over the call.
Jaxson Paulo hadn’t yet grounded the ball.Source:FOX SPORTS
Fox League commentator Brenton Speed said that the Bunker should overturn such a glaring issue as it does in other instances.
“If you have a seven tackle set given or what have you or a line drop out, the bunker will tip them up and say hang on you‘ve made a blue,” he said. ”But for a try, they don’t. And they should shouldn’t they? That’s a glaring error that the bunker should adjudicate on and give the Bulldogs a 20m tap instead of a conversion happening. They should stop it now.”
Greg Alexander said “there was no doubt” that his foot slipped into touch.
At halftime, Michael Ennis said it was “a really really poor call”.
“It‘s really disappointing when they get really blatant ones like that wrong,” he said.
Ben Ikin said this could be the issue that gets rid of the bunker.
“We‘ve got it there, Bulldogs fans will be saying ’it’s there, use it’,” he said. ”You use it every time, we’ve had issues through the week … so more controversy around the bunker.
“They‘re coming to the end of the contract the NRL have with the suppliers of the bunker at the moment, and the question is going to be asked this week, if we’re not going to use it properly, if we’re not going to get it right when we do use it, should we have it in the game at all?”
Social media erupted over the decision.
9 News Queensland reporter Michael Atkinson agreed the bunker should “be allowed to intervene. That was clearly a no try, and the video ref should have been able to change it after the replays aired”.
AAP‘s Scott Bailey added: “That is a terrible call. Touch judge with the perfect view of it.”
Staggering. Refs refer blatant tries to the Bunker all season long and then they decide to back themselves when the decision was actually worth a second look and get it wrong. Don’t even know what to say. #NRLSouthsBulldogs #NRL
Okay I am going to be as calm as possible but… I AM SO SO FKN FILTHY AT THAT. THEY CHECK EVERYTHING ELSE FFS. #NRLSouthsBulldogs
Grrrrr the one time they don't go to the bunker this season!!! #NRLSouthsBulldogs #NRL
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