Posted: 20 August, 2012
by The Grill Team
Matty Johns: Bulldogs Try Against Wests Tigers Was Obstruction, Not Try
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Triple M's Matty Johns disagrees with the decision that may have cost the Wests Tigers a victory against the heavily favoured Bulldogs over the weekend.
The Wests Tigers lost in controversial circumstances over the weekend at Friday's clash at ANZ Stadium, beaten by the Bulldogs in golden point.
It marked the twelfth win in a row for the Dogs, but many believe the Tigers were robbed.
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To all and sundry, it looked like an obstruction when the Bulldogs' Frank Pritchard ran behind one of his own teammates and obstructed the Tigers' defense.
The video referee said 'try' (it was truly the defining point of the game), whilst Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah (and many in the crowd) vehemently disagreed.
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"Since the day rugby league was created, you cannot run around your own player, it's a shepherd!" Tigers captain Robbie Farah said, clearly enraged by the decision.
"I thought it was absolutely an obstruction," Johns said this morning, which the other members of the Grill Team wholeheartedly agreed with.
Triple M's Mark "MG" Geyer proposed a new system that would enrich the 'referee brains trust' of the NRL.
"Every year we have five or six players who retire from the game, who are held in high esteem. One that springs straight to mind is Andrew Ryan. He would be perfect in a box with a video referee," Geyer suggested.
"Sometimes, referees know exactly what the rules or the regulations are, but they don't rule with common sense, or the feel of the game," he continued.
"If you had a recently retired ex-player sitting next to the video ref to confer with [and ask] 'what do you think?' Straight away, the ex player would say 'that's a shepherd,'" Geyer mused.
"I think it's a good idea, MG," Matty Johns responded.