NRL commentator Phil Gould became incensed during the grand final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers after an unusual ruling in the second half.
With the game firmly in the balance at 8-8, Rabbitohs half Adam Reynolds went for a kick down field.
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However, as Reynolds kicked the ball it hit an on-rushing Penrith forward making the tackle.
As the ball went into touch, the referee blew his whistle and ruled the ball wasn't played at.
This meant the Penrith Panthers gained the ball.
The ruling sparked Channel 9 commentator Gus Gould to go on a rant.
"That is stupid," Gould said on repeat, after he claimed a player making a tackle is clearly playing at the ball.
NRL legend Cameron Smith said the Rabbitohs were "hard done by" after the ruling.
NRL community slam 'disgraceful' rule
Fans were equally taken aback at the ruling.
Many claimed the Rabbitohs had been dudded and compared it to the ruling when a defender tackles the player and the ball is passed into his arm.
Referees have often called the ball played at considering they are making a tackle.
— 24 Sep 1989 (@Raiders_24Sep89) October 3, 2021
— Lachie Angus (@Angus_Lachie) October 3, 2021
This rule is so stupid. If he was passing it it’s a knock on.
If he attempts a charge down it’s Souths ball.#NRL
— T Mac (@NoShins81) October 3, 2021
— Tar Heel Aussie 🇺🇸🇦🇺 (@KMBAussie) October 3, 2021
That has got to be one of the dumbest f***ing rules in the NRL. Not played at my arse.
— Carly Damen (@CarlyDamen) October 3, 2021
— Anthony Webb (@anthonyqld) October 3, 2021
— Starly ⭐ (@StarlyAU) October 3, 2021
— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) October 3, 2021
— Kram (@KramDobbs) October 3, 2021
— Childish Dan-Bino (@Bamboujikin) October 3, 2021
— Jay Keegan (@Jaymk94) October 3, 2021
Another stupid NRL rule I'll understand. That's a disgraceful ruling!
— John Takemura (@takaspeaksout) October 3, 2021
The Panthers ended up winning the NRL grand final 14-12 in a thrilling finish.
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