Dogs fuming after Brisbane win 22-20

Laine Clark
Rhyse Martin of the Bulldogs scores a try against the Brisbane Broncos

Livid Canterbury coach Dean Pay has slammed officials for the "ridiculous" last-minute penalty that sealed Brisbane's 22-20 NRL win at Suncorp Stadium.

Pay said he would ring NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton for a "please explain" over a number of calls that went against them, including the 79th-minute sin-binning of Bulldogs No.1 Moses Mbye.

Fullback Mbye got his marching orders after appearing to push Darius Boyd as the Brisbane No.1 tried to regather a James Roberts kick and was pinged for a professional foul.

Jamayne Isaako slotted the resulting penalty as Brisbane (5-4 record) moved to their third win in four games in front of 22,225 fans on Thursday night.

Pay clearly disagreed with the sin bin call - amongst other things - after the Bulldogs (2-7 record) slumped to their fifth loss in six games,

"I got a group of blokes who busted their arse tonight. To be decided like that it is ridiculous - it's like we are not supposed to win," Pay fumed.

"Darius said he might have felt him. Is that worth a penalty to stop a game of football?"

Another call that had Pay hot under the collar was Brisbane's Isaako not being pinged for a second-half knock-on when he looked to have dropped a bomb metres from his own line.

"If it looks like a knock on it is a knock on. It was a disgraceful call," Pay said.

Asked if he would call Sutton, Pay said: "I will follow it up with them and they will say they got it wrong and they will move on, that doesn't help us.

"We are trying to get our season going forward and we get a decision like that.

"There were a lot of decisions that went against us. A lot."

Desperate to spark the side, Pay made sweeping changes on Thursday night.

He replaced hooker Michael Lichaa with Jeremy Marshall-King, slotted Matt Frawley into pivot, promoted Danny Fualalo to starting prop at the expense of Klemmer and handed PNG international Rhyse Martin his NRL debut on the bench.

And it seemed to work with the Bulldogs leading 14-6 at halftime after Martin scored on NRL debut with his first touch in the fifth minute.

And the Bulldogs looked to have the momentum when boom Brisbane prop Payne Haas was forced off after a crunching tackle by milestone man David Klemmer in the 56th minute.

Backing up from a dream debut, Haas lasted just six minutes off the bench before being injured in a bone rattler by Klemmer, in his 100th game.

Haas was groggy on his feet and needed to be assisted off the field but instead of concussion, Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett claimed the prop had suffered an ankle injury.

Broncos halfback Jack Bird (quad) is also in doubt next week after suffering a quad complaint in the final 10 minutes.