For any Wests Tigers fan, to record a win after seven straight losses is a relieving feeling, a win they needed desperately – though the talking point from the game was some of the decisions made by the video referee that left North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry seething.
It was a closely fought battle all the way, with a late try to rookie winger David Nofoaluma getting the Tigers across the line, to take the game out 22-20 at Leichhardt Oval.
In inclement weather and in front of a crowd of just over 7,000, post-game, Henry was asking for answers from video refs Luke Patten and Chris Ward, after the video referees disagreed with the referees decision on two occasions, overturning the initial decision.
“Do I give away $10,000? I don’t know,” Henry fumed after the match, referencing the allotted NRL fine for heavy criticism of referees.
“…To say that Benji regained that when they said it was no try, to overrule the onfield officials’ decision which is four sets of eyes, I can’t see how that’s hgh gold the same.
“It’s the same with Ash Graham’s, they ruled try and I can’t see how they can definitely say that ball was on the sideline before any part of the ball hit the tryline not on the vision I saw.”
Two other incidents saw both Kane Linnett and Ash Graham denied tries, though Henry knows that it was two points his side let slip away.
“They are significant parts of the game and yes we are bitter and twisted about it but the end result it doesn’t change the two points we haven’t got,” Henry said.
One of the Tigers standouts last night as well as this season, has been hooker Robbie Farah, who received warm praise from coach Mick Potter.
“He would be the best hooker in the game,” Potter said, to a snicker from Farah who was sitting beside him.
“We’re certainly happy to have him. The way he’s playing is phenomenal. He’s going to be great for NSW.
“His workrate … you can’t buy that.”
3. Robbie Farah
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