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New footage has shown the moment Chad Townsend got NRL referee Gerard Sutton to overturn a decision in the Cowboys' extraordinary win over Manly on Friday night.
Townsend was left filthy with Sutton when the referee began to order a captain's challenge from the Cowboys in the 37th minute of the match.
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The Cowboys skipper protested with Sutton that he'd never called for the captain's challenge and neither had co-captain Jason Taumalolo.
Sutton said he heard someone call for the challenge and thought it was Townsend, to which the Cowboys skipper said he never asked for it.
Sutton then told the Bunker that the challenge was void, an extraordinary move considering we hardly ever see referees change their minds.
On Monday night, new vision and audio emerged of the stunning exchange between Townsend and Sutton, with the Cowboys captain mic'd up for the game for Fox Sports.
“Who, who called that sir? The captain calls it, I didn’t call it, I didn’t speak to you,” Townsend can be heard saying in the vision aired on Fox League program 'Benji'.
“I’m telling you it has to come from the captain sir, that is the call, that is the rule, it comes from the captain, that is the rule."
Sutton responds: “I had three guys calling it there mate and I thought you were one of them."
Townsend then protests: “Mate a thought is not how it works, you come to me, you ask me or Jason (Taumalolo)."
Sutton then admits his mistake and tells the Bunker that the challenge isn't going ahead anymore.
“Sorry, Chad has not called it, other blokes have called it," he says.
Townsend can then be heard telling teammates: “It comes through me or Jason and he didn’t call it. He thinks it came through you.”
The extraordinary moment left NRL fans stunned, with many praising Sutton for admitting his error.
I don’t really like Gerry, but this is what the game should be about, call corrected and move on. Can’t stand when refs let their pride get in the way of the right call.
— Michael Woollett (@MichaelWoollett) June 17, 2022
Easy fix - if you are not the captain and you try and call a captains challenge you go to the sin bin
— The Mad Dragons Vodcast (@MadDragonsVod) June 18, 2022
It’s ridiculous. This is why it should only be the captain who can talk to the ref.
— troy b (@troy_be) June 17, 2022
Rule Change: any player who is not the Captain that says Challange is either penalised or void the opportunity to review.
— Andrew Shannon (@andrewcshannon) June 18, 2022
Fair play to Townsend calling Sutton sir. Showing respect to the man in the middle. Also fair play to Sutton for cancelling the challenge
— Andy Crockatt 🍒⚪️ (@AndyCrockatt) June 17, 2022
Cowboys score famous win over Sea Eagles
The Cowboys wound up with one of the most famous wins in club history after trailing 26-12 at Brookvale Oval with seven minutes to go.
The Cowboys flipped the script to bag three tries in as many minutes to secure an incredible victory.
Reece Robson grabbed the first try, with Connelly Lemuelu following him over the whitewash after an audacious Murray Taulagi offload.
Valentine Holmes then sealed the winner with a breakaway try off the back of a Daly Cherry-Evans error.
The Cowboys had been slow out of the blocks without the talismanic Rueben Cotter, allowing Christian Tuipolotu and Harper to push the Sea Eagles out to a 10-0 lead after 24 minutes.
Holmes and Jeremiah Nanai scored either side of the break before Tuipolotu responded and outjumped Taulagi to dot down.
After Lachlan Croker dived on a loose ball to score his second try, it looked to have secured the Sea Eagles their first win over a top-eight opponent this season.
But the chance to end that record and secure their fifth-straight win at Brookvale Oval fell to pieces, with the Cowboys adding their late treble of tries to seal victory.
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