'Not good enough': NRL world erupts over 'unacceptable' farce

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Dragons coach Paul McGregor (pictured right) gesturing in anger and Sharks player Jack Williams scoring a try (pictured right).
Dragons coach Paul McGregor (pictured right) fuming over an incorrect bunker. decision (pictured left) that awarded the Sharks a try. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)

Fans and Dragons coach Paul McGregor have let rip at the NRL after a horror decision in the clash between St George and the Sharks on Saturday.

NRL bunker officials Steve Clark and Ben Galea were dumped from Sunday's clash between Penrith and Gold Coast following the botched call.

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Clark incorrectly gave Cronulla forward Jack Williams a try in their four-point win over St George Illawarra despite replays showing Matt Dufty beat him to the ball.

The duo took just two looks at the vision before awarding Williams the try.

Fans went ballistic over the clear bunker error with many calling for the bunker to be scrapped.

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Some fans also pointed out the error occurred in the 10th minute which allowed the Dragons plenty of time to overcome the error.

The misjudgement from the officials was deemed enough for NRL head of football Graham Annesley to pull the duo from the Titans' game against the Panthers.

"The bunker decision to award a try to Jack Williams in tonight's Sharks-Dragons game was incorrect," Annesley said.

"Steve Clark and Ben Galea were due to officiate again tomorrow in the Titans-Panthers game as bunker officials.

"They have now been relegated, and will be replaced by Jared Maxwell and Bryan Norrie."

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The swift axing will be of no consolation to Dragons coach Paul McGregor, who was highly critical of the bunker's call post-game.

Having found themselves down 14 points midway through the second half, McGregor's side also blew two late opportunities to steal the victory.

"Pretty clear, right? So how do they keep getting it wrong and who's accountable for it? It's a stuff up but, in the end, there's the difference," McGregor said.

William Kennedy celebrates a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons.
William Kennedy celebrates a try during the round 11 NRL match between the Cronulla Sharks and the St George Illawarra Dragons. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

"The person who's watching this should, and all you guys should make enough song and dance to do something about it, eh, because it's not good enough."

Dufty said he was adamant he had beaten Williams to the ball.

"The boys asked me when it went to video ref, 'Did you get it down?' I said, '100 per cent I got it down'," he said.

"Coach told me after the game that yeah I grounded it first.

"I said I thought I did. And even after they awarded the try, I was pretty shocked, I asked for a challenge, but he said it was a video ref so it wouldn't work."

With AAP