Tigers bosses meet with NRL over call

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Wests Tigers bosses will decide in coming days whether to appeal last month's controversial loss to North Queensland after meeting with NRL officials.

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis and CEO Justin Pascoe met with Peter V'landys, Andrew Abdo and Graham Annesley on Thursday, some 11 days after the 27-26 defeat in Townsville.

Inside, the Tigers were told that the last-second escort penalty awarded to the Cowboys was an incorrect decision, however the Tigers' complaint centres further around the procedural legality of the review after no penalty was called on field and the siren went.

The NRL has long maintained that interpretation is based on the fact the Cowboys were technically challenging play stopping after the fulltime siren, as they believed there had been an illegality on the play.

It's understood that message was reiterated on Thursday.

"Our argument is that this is a cart before the horse scenario," Hagipantelis told AAP.

"But it was readily acknowledged by the NRL that there are competing interpretations of the rules.

"It is something they will look at at the end of the season in consultation with the Tigers and the other clubs, to try and bring about some greater clarity."

Hagipantelis said the meeting had been robust, but both parties had walked away with a desire to have issue finalised ASAP.

Tigers officials were on Thursday not yet ready to make a decision on whether the result would be challenged, with that call to ultimately come down to a board meeting.

"That's a matter for the full board. We will report back to them," Hagipantelis said.

"This can done quite readily. It doesn't need a formal meeting.

"It's something all parties are anxious to put to bed one way or another. There is no advantages to anyone to have it linger on longer than is needed.

"I would be hopeful the board will be able to resolve very quickly to where we are going."

A result has never been overturned in the NRL's history and no points ever awarded to the losing team.

But the Tigers have pointed to precedence from a kick after the siren in the AFL in 2006.

Albeit incredibly unlikely, an extra two points for the Tigers would all but guarantee they avoid their first wooden spoon with a four-point buffer over Gold Coast.

It would be a heavy setback for the second-placed Cowboys, given they sit two points clear of Cronulla in the fight for a home final in week one.

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