Shouldve been a penalty: Annesley disagrees with Bunker on clutch Manly call – NRL.COM

Manly have actually currently copped one inaccurate choice this year, with the NRL confessing a match-winning shot against Parramatta was incorrectly rejected by a forward pass call.

Annesley said on Monday that he personally would have punished Newcastles Bradman Best for pushing Sea Eagles flyer Tevita Funa as they pursued a grubber, a penalty that wouldve offered Manly a chance at sending their 14-12 loss at Lottoland into golden point.

Fonua-Blake apologised face to face to Atkins and expressed regret for his outburst by means of a club declaration afterwards.

For the 2nd time in a month NRL head of football Graham Annesley has called Manly coach Des Hasler conceding that, in his eyes, the Sea Eagles were on the incorrect end of game-defining referees call.

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Annesley stopped short of stating the Sea Eagles were dudded again, arguing that the line-ball nature of the call saw it come down to “a distinction of viewpoint” throughout the referees substantial weekend review.

The previous referee stated he talked about “black-and-white” analyses of such judgments with Humphries, but is adamant officials ought to keep discretion in such circumstances.

” In my judgement, when we did relax and look at all the different angles of this today, I think it ought to have brought a penalty to Manly,” Annesley stated.

Annesley argued that a “black-and-white” ruling on all contact in these situations would make numerous takes on prohibited if they come partially after an attacking player has passed the ball.

” The video referee, Jared Maxwell in the bunker, in his judgement, he felt that Bradman Best was dedicated to the deal with and didnt have sufficient time to pull out of it.

” And thats why he cleared the push and the crash as not having any effect.

Jake Trbojevic remonstrates with referee Grant Atkins.
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Annesley spoke to Hasler on Sunday night following Manlys tense loss and followed up with Sea Eagles CEO Stephen Humphries on Monday.

” We did talk about whether using judgement in these situations is the ideal way to go or whether they need to be simply extremely black and white,” Annesley said.

” The difference between my opinion and the opinion of the video referee, is the distinction between no penalty and a penalty and play-on.”

Finest made contact with Funa less than half a 2nd after he kicked the ball down Manlys right sideline.

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” But I still think that both the Bunker and the referees on the field need to be given discretion to make decisions. Our game is not a black-and-white video game.”

” This ones a bit different, there is a bit more time, although its less than half a second. The ball has travelled a couple of metres before the effect, thats why I believe that a penalty was required in this case.

” If we go to a black-and-white interpretation were visiting a lot more charges, a lot more interruptions and honestly a lot of them will be very unfair.