The ARLC is reportedly awaiting a full report of the events that took place during the Tigers and Cowboys’ controversial Round 19 clash — with a call yet to be made whether the result will stand.
According to The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio, NRL bosses will analyze the report which is set to lay out all the facts surrounding the Bunker’s decision to award North Queensland a crucial late penalty.
NRL head of football Graham Annesley admitted Ashley Klein’s Bunker ruling was wrong, which could leave a window open for the ARLC to make a big decision in the Tigers favour.
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“It’s interesting because it’s the ARL Commission who has asked for a full inquiry into what unfolded last Sunday,” Riccio said on SEN 1170.
“It’s the Commission who has asked for a full report from Graham Annesley, that’s any audio transcripts, audio itself and how this fiasco unfolded.
“The Tigers also want a copy of that investigation, they want to see how it was said and how it unfolded.
“The Tigers still think they have firm grounds here for the result to be annulled.”
It was also revealed Tigers’ captain James Tamou attempted to lodge his own challenge, spotting Valentine Holmes past the halfway line when taking the kick-off.
Tamou was denied the opportunity to lodge a captain’s challenge and now the commission are also looking into that factor.
“They’re now looking at several indiscretions,” Riccio said.
“That’s including Valentine Holmes standing offside at the kick-off, when the captain’s challenge was applied, why didn’t the video bunker have a look that the Cowboys players were onside at the kick-off?
“Video showed that Valentine Holmes was offside.”
Riccio also explained that the Tigers aren’t backing down, seeking a final result and a huge decision from the ARLC.
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“I think overturning the result will be a longshot,” Riccio said.
“But still speaking to the Tigers yesterday, they’re not giving up on this.
“Speaking to Peter V’landys, he thinks the result that was made on the field should stay.
“But I can’t stress again, the Tigers aren’t giving up on this as it’s Wednesday and the Tigers are still pressing the NRL to find out more about how this result was determined.”
Meanwhile, former referees boss Michael Stone have described the NRL’s response to the controversial decision as a “smother job”.
“I can’t believe what I saw on Sunday and how the NRL then tried to cover its tracks,” Stone said to WWOS.
“It’s a smother job, plain and simple – they are making up the rules as they go.”
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Stone believes the Cowboys “jumped up and down” which forced on-field referee Chris Buttler to refer to the Bunker — who ultimately “dudded” the Tigers.
“When the referee blew the whistle on Sunday, the game was over – that’s why he blew the whistle. The Cowboys jumped up and down and the referee didn’t have a clue what to do so he went to the Bunker,” Stone said.
“Poor (Bunker referee) Ashley Klein had no idea and took the soft option of giving the Cowboys the penalty for a blatant dive… no common sense.
“For the NRL to say the game wasn’t over and the Cowboys could launch a captain’s challenge is pure fantasy. And they do admit they got the challenge wrong, it should not have been a penalty – it’s a complete farce – sadly we have learned little in over 30 years.
“I really couldn’t believe what I was watching. I felt for the Tigers – they were dudded.”