Referee leaves Raiders coach Stuart fuming

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart spent all of 90 seconds in his post-match press conference after a questionable forward pass set the visiting Warriors on their way to a memorable win.

The Raiders let slip a 25-6 halftime lead before a spirited comeback saw the Warriors take the honours courtesy of an Adam Pompey try in the dying stages of the match.

Stuart, who has been fined in the past for criticising referees, said he could not "tell the truth" of the game without getting fined.

"I come in here because it's my job, I respect the fact you (the media) have a job, and I've got $20,000 hanging over my head," Stuart said.

"If I don't turn up here I get fined.

"If all the fine money was going to the Ricky Stuart Foundation I'd tell you the truth today, because then I get fined and I know the money is going to the best cause I know of.

"I can't tell you the truth, I can't tell you the way that game panned out because I'll get fined."

Stuart's discontent stemmed from a decision by referee Henry Perenara to deem legal a pass by Kodi Nikorima to Ben Murdoch-Masila, with Murdoch-Masila almost tripping as he extended to catch the ball.

The official was in line with the play and stopped as Murdoch-Masila ran past, before awarding the 59th-minute try.

Stuart's players were left with arms in the air as a chorus of boos echoed around the GIO Stadium.

Murdoch-Masila's score proved the turning point in the match, with the Warriors running in two more unanswered tries to seal an unlikely victory.

Compounding the loss, the Raiders spent 68 minutes with only 14 players available after losing Joseph Tapine (ankle), Sebastian Kris (concussion) and Ryan James (concussion) to injury.