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Ref Confussion

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by fLIP, May 27, 2007.

  1. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    It didn't cost them a game but you would expect the refs to know the rules wouldn't you?

    Penrith were left confused after a refereeing blunder by Jared Maxwell cost them one final chance at chasing an astonishing NRL victory over Wests Tigers at CUA Stadium.

    The Tigers claimed a dramatic 25-24 win to extend their streak to six and move to third on the NRL table, but it wasn't without controversy as Maxwell forced the Panthers to take a conversion shot at goal in the final minute - despite the game's rules not stating an attempt is mandatory.

    Panthers winger Nick Youngquest scored with 40 seconds left and, knowing a conversion made little difference at 25-22, five-eighth Peter Wallace asked for either a drop kick attempt or none at all to force a quicker kick-off and a final shot at a win.

    But Maxwell made him take a placed conversion shot which he nailed but which also wasted almost 20 seconds in the process.

    The Tigers casually walked to the halfway line but the fulltime siren sounded before they could commence play.

    Wallace claimed he asked Maxwell not to take the kick, but was adamant the referee's confusion of the rules did not cost them the game.

    "I said I didn't want to take the kick and he said I had to take it," said Wallace.

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