Just a fortnight after they were gifted a win from a controversial Bunker call, the Cowboys were on the other end with a try being disallowed in their 28-14 win over the Bulldogs.
Although the Cowboys walked away with the win, there’s question marks over a Murray Taulagi try that was disallowed half way through the second half.
Taulagi crossed untouched in the corner to give his side a two-point lead with 20 minutes to go only for the referee to send it up to the Bunker.
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“I’m looking for a bat-on, whether it goes forward,” referee Adam Gee said.
The play in question was Tom Dearden’s cutout pass to Taulagi that clipped Valentine Holmes’ shoulder before landing in Taulagi’s hands.
“It’s not a knock-on when it comes off his shoulder,” Fox League commentator Brenton Speed said.
“It goes back anyway,” Steve Roach added.
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Speed was confident that “this try will stand”, however, Bunker official Matt Noyen ruled it a no-try saying “the ball touches the upper-arm, shoulder of Valentine Holmes… we’re supporting the on-field decision of the ball traveling forward.”
Both Speed and Roach were stunned by the call.
“It seems to me that we always find a way of why it’s not a try now,” Roach said.
“He was standing behind him, so how does it go forward?”
Sideline commentator Billy Moore agreed with Roach saying, “for me that was a try.”
The call didn’t mean too much in the context of the game though, with the Cowboys going on to score three more tries to seal the win.
It comes just two weeks after the Cowboys were on the other end of a contentious Bunker decision when they escaped with a controversial 27-26 win over the Tigers.
The Cowboys were awarded an escort penalty and Valentine Holmes slotted a goal on the siren to steal the win. Even coach Todd Payten conceded afterwards that the call was “debatable.”
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