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Only the Wests Tigers can be robbed of a legitimate two match points in such shambles conditions.

Struggling to avoid being hit by a wooden spoon for the first time in a partnership, the Tigers should celebrate the season’s upset over the high-flying Cowboys and instead be left sipping lemonade.

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one more time. As if the Tigers haven’t caused enough trouble on their own this season – now NRL officials have served up the old-fashioned s***t sandwich at the chaotic end of the Cowboys game.

We expect short whistles and short order cooks and other wafflers from NRL HQ to try and screw things up, just call it what it is.

A person who goes out and shouts. Surely referee Chris Butler could blow the short whistle after Dane Lawrie was tackled by Tom Gilbert.

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There was no call from Butler as the end of the game descended into utter shambles.

Of course match officials are only human and human error will always be a factor in the NRL.

But in terms of bad decisions, this is up there with the worst of them all and the Wests Tigers have rightly made their complaint public.

Graham Ansley admitted on Monday that Bunker should not have given a penalty against the Tigers. But the NRL’s head of football did not shy away from the fact the Cowboys could challenge it, despite admitting it was a “grey area” under the rules.

Annesley said: “The rules on captain’s challenges talk about it, you can challenge any decision by the umpire to stop the game.

“You won’t find anywhere in black and white that you can have a challenge after time has expired…but in this case, the referee will blow the whistle after the timekeeper says the clock is up, he will blow the whistle to stop the game.

“That’s not the end of the game, that first whistle is not the full-time whistle, it was the whistle to stop the game, now that will be stoppage.

“The challenge is set based on what the linebacker or the Cowboys believe happened on the play.

“It’s an unusual situation…there are no boundaries unless it has to be a referee-initiated stop.

“We are relieved that the captain’s test is allowed in this situation as it would have been if the situation had changed.

“I’m not satisfied that there was enough to justify a Bunker decision to go for a penalty in that incident.”

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The Tigers’ dead-set raid was the biggest storyline from the other rugby league competition, where the Brisbane Broncos stamped their premiership record, the Sydney Roosters proved far from a spending power and the Raiders and Dragons showed signs of action. A postseason run to make the top eight.

Then there was Sharks forward Dale Finucane’s shot at Stephen Crichton – who landed the Panthers center on a plastic surgeon after losing a large chunk of his ear – and Bulldogs forward Corey Waddell was headed straight to the NRL judiciary for an eyeball on the Gold Coast. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.

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