Rugby league icons Phil Gould and Paul Gallen have clashed in an astounding shouting match over the kick-off controversy that marred the end to the Dragons’ win in opposition to the Knights on Sunday.
St George Illawarra beat Newcastle 21-16 in Wollongong, however not earlier than a debate erupted over whether or not an off-side name ought to have been made when Knights five-eighth Jake Clifford opted for a brief kick-off near the western sideline within the 78th minute, the Dragons main 17-16.
Dragons centre Zac Lomax leapt for the ball however fumbled it and second-rower Jaydn Su’A, who had been in an off-side place when Lomax touched the footy, cleaned it up.
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The referee did not award the Knights a penalty and rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns was staggered.
“Are you serious?” Johns mentioned on Nine.
“What is the touch judge doing?”
Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien was additionally dumbfounded, indicating in his post-match press convention that he’d increase the matter in a gathering with NRL officers.
Gould and Gallen collided in an unbelievable back-and-forth over the contentious kick-off on Monday night time’s version of Nine’s 100% Footy.
“No doubt (Su’A) was in front of (Lomax) when (Lomax) touched the ball, but when (Su’A) grabs the ball I believe he may have got himself back on side,” mentioned Gallen, who was on commentary obligation for Nine and watching from the identical sideline.
“Does he? I don’t know. I don’t know what the decision is… I stood up off my seat and I was shocked it wasn’t a penalty, but looking at that now…”
Gould minimize in.
“Don’t go to water,” Gould mentioned.
“They call everything a knock-on nowadays… he was off side… if he’s knocked it on and he’s come from in front of him it had to be off side.”
Gallen: “No, he never knocked it on, though. I believe it went back”.
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Gould: “If that had been at any other time in the game and the ball hit the ground, the referee would have ruled knock-on. They ruled knock-on 15 times this weekend for balls that went back. Everything’s a knock-on. You name it”.
Gallen: “That’s not a knock-on. Gus, that’s not a knock-on”.
Gould: “It is a knock-on”.
Gallen: “It’s not a knock-on; he’s facing that way and knocks it back that way”.
Gould: “No, it goes through his hands that way”.
Gallen: “Do you need glasses?”.
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Gallen: “Put some on. It goes backwards”.
Gould: “No, it doesn’t; it goes forward”.
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If a penalty had been awarded to the Knights, they might have stolen the lead on the dying by means of a strive, penalty objective or two-point area objective, or levelled the scores with a one-point area objective.
Instead, play carried on as if nothing unlawful had occurred, earlier than Dragons winger Mathew Feagai crossed for a attempt to seal victory in polarising scenes.
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