NRL axes bunker officials after ‘pretty clear stuff up’
By Brett Graham
3 hours ago
The NRL has axed the bunker officials responsible for awarding a controversial try to Cronulla’s Jack Williams during the Sharks’ 28-24 win over St George Illawarra.
Dragons coach Paul McGregor was left fuming after the match, calling for accountability within the ranks of officialdom.
With St George Illawarra in front 6-0 in the 10th minute, Sharks halfback Chad Townsend put through a grubber kick, with Jack Williams appearing to get his hand on the ball first to score.
Referee Grant Atkins sent the decision to the bunker, who awarded the try. However a different angle appeared to show Dragons fullback Matt Dufty grounding the ball first, meaning a line dropout would have been the correct decision.
Dufty competes for the ball (Fox League)
“Pretty clear, right?” McGregor asked at his post-match media conference.
"So how do they keep getting it wrong, and who’s accountable for it? It’s a stuff up. In the end, there’s the difference.
"I think all you guys (the media) should make a song and dance and do something about it.
“Because it’s not good enough.”