'Is it time to let the Bunker rule on forward passes?'

The NRL has been urged to change the rules so the Bunker can rule on forward passes in the wake of Cronulla’s controversial win against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

In a dramatic finish between two top-eight teams, Edrick Lee crossed in the left corner in the 78th minute to hand new signing Aaron Woods a win in his first Sharks appearance.

It capped a disastrous night for the Warriors, who lost forwards Bunty Afoa and Tohu Harris to what appeared to be serious injuries.

But the biggest disappointment for the New Zealand side was the manner in which they lost, with players and fans furious over what appeared to be a blatant forward pass from Ricky Leutele.

Replays showed the pass that led to Lee’s match-winning try was forward. Pic: Fox Sports

Replays showed the ball clearly traveled forward into Lee’s hands before the winger crossed-over for the match-winning try.

With video reviews unable to rule on forward passes, the Warriors were consigned to the brutal defeat – leaving the players shattered and fans fuming on social media.

The home side appeared to have an 11th victory in their grasp when Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson landed a field goal to put his team in front off the back of a glaring Lee handling error.

Issac Luke crossed for what seemed a match-winning try soon afterwards but it was disallowed for offside, handing Cronulla a late chance.

They took it through Lee’s second try to notch a 10th win for the season, the same number as the Warriors, who have played one less game.

With AAP