Dogs win controversial golden point contest against the Tigers

Krisnan Inu

It all came down to a field goal from centre Krisnan Inu to win the game for the Bulldogs, but there was controversy galore, as the Canterbury Bulldogs defeated the Wests Tigers 23-22 at ANZ Stadium last night.

In front of 29,194 fans, it was a controversial video refereeing decision by Sean Hampstead, that had many scratching their head, after he awarded a try to winger Jonathan Wright, despite what looked to be an obstruction, earlier in the play.

Suffice to say, Tigers captain Robbie Farah was left fuming after the try had been awarded.

“Since the day rugby league was created you cannot run behind a player … it’s a shepherd,” Farah told the referees.

The Tigers were forced to fight hard just to get back in the contest, and forced the game into golden point, when prop Aaron Woods barged over from close range.

The game will be remembered for that controversial decision however, with Sheens vying to talk with NRL officials about the ruling.

“I’d rather talk to Harrigan and Raper (referees’ bosses Bill and Stuart) about it. The same thing happened in State of Origin … there’s some grey areas that need to be addressed I suppose,” he said.

“You can’t run around (a player) and take advantage of it. I know it was an unusual one but he ran around the man, the lead runner, and took advantage of it … anyway we’ll wait and see what the referees’ coordinators come up with.”

On the other hand, Dogs coach Des Hasler saw nothing wrong with the decision made by Hampstead.

“Read the rules my friend. All the key indicators were met … do you understand what I mean? You should know what they are … so it’s a try,” Hasler said.

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