'That is stupid': Gus Gould rages over 'disgraceful' NRL rule

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Channel Nine commentator Phil Gould (pictured left) before commentary and (pictured right) Nathan Cleary n the grand final.
Channel Nine commentator Phil Gould (pictured left) let rip at a 'stupid' NRL rule, which appeared to favour the winners the Penrith Panthers (pictured right Nathan Cleary) in the grand final. (Getty Images)

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.

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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.

The Panthers ended up winning the NRL grand final 14-12 in a thrilling finish.

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