"Manly were robbed a certain try to Tom Trbojevic when referee Chris Buttler somehow found a forward pass Brad Parker in the 30th minute."
‘Give me the ball’: Souths rookie’s clutch golden-point play as Manly robbed of certain try - 3 Big Hits
Apparently not entirely Manly's fault - some of it - but not all.
The annual chat about forward pass technology will fire up this week after the Sea Eagles were denied a clear try by the officials.
Head office has mentioned the idea of putting chips in balls for years, and the same old questions will resurface after Chris Sutton found a forward pass from Brad Parker that rubbed out what would have been a spectacular Tom Trbojevic try.
The problem was the pass was perfectly legal and should have resulted in four points for the visitors midway through the first half.
Tied at 6-6 in the 30th minute, Manly’s Brad Parker made a break down the left side of the field before offloading it back inside to five-eighth Josh Schuster.
The 21-year-old then quickly passed it on to star Tom Trbojevic with only one man to beat for what looked like a certain try only 20 metres out.
However, referee Chris Sutton didn’t let the play unfold, calling Parker’s pass to Schuster forward to deny a “wonderful try”.
Fox League’s Dan Ginnane and Greg Alexander were both extremely critical of the call, believing Manly were robbed of crucial points.
“Well that is a wonderful try that has been denied and the Eagles are incensed,” Ginnane said.
“At that no stage did I think there was a forward pass in that movement,” Alexander said.
“No, no, no. No way was that forward, what is wrong? That’s a let off for Souths.”