Cowboys coach Todd Payne has come under fire after making two controversial and critical calls that tipped the game to the visitors in a 26-12 loss to the Sharks.
In the first half, Coen Hess cost the team two points for tackling a player without the ball, before Jason Taumalolo had a try denied, which would have given the team the lead in the second half.
In the 59th minute, Tumamalo looked to be on the mend, but the Reds Robson denied Sharks’ forward Brady Hamlin-Ule.
Payne made a big call, saying the Sharks defenders had deliberately penetrated the Cowboys linebacker and said they couldn’t stop Taumallo no matter what.
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“Two of those big moments, no doubt, that hurt, and they scored a try that they should have stopped,” Pettine said in the postgame press conference.
“The game is balanced, I just don’t like it because it rewards the player for the game and then he deliberately runs the support game back.
I don’t know how to stop Jason, he just pushed him to the goal.
Captain Jasom Taumalolo was similarly confused by asking what his prostitute wanted to do.
“Robbo was supporting me and he was there and it was clear what he had to do, he could not get lost and pave the way for him,” Taumalolo said.
“If I passed, it was for support.”
During the Fox League live broadcast, analyst Steve Roe echoed Payne’s comments that defenders would never be able to stop Tumalolon.
“I don’t agree with him, but that’s the law,” said Steve Rows.
He couldn’t try, but I don’t think he stopped.
Brent Tate was highly critical of the ban after a crucial call to lead the Cowboys 18-14 in 20 minutes.
“It’s a funny law,” said Tate.
“I just don’t understand. When we talk about the feeling of the game and let the game flow. That is a foolish decision.
“We are talking about a common mind and there is no common sense in this regulation or decision.”
Brenton Speed Robson pointed out that Tulollo was behind him, but before and after he was hit, he was caught by shark defenders.
“Robson was behind Taumalolo, then he struggled and Robson’s speed took him past him,” Speed said.
“He was only in front of him for that short time. He was behind him as a supporter and he goes beyond that and can’t be lost and they take that away.
Earlier in the game, Hess Dale Finunuke hit a controversial penalty outside the box and attempted on the test line.
The incident, with the Sharks leading 12-6 in the 29th minute, saw the ball go behind Funken to Sharks bench forward Cameron McInnes, who was wrapped around a Cowboys defender.
In the test line, Hess completed a goal against Finuken, but was sent off for a foul by referee Adam Gi.
“Without the ball, you can’t just nail it,” said G. Hess.
Cowboys boss Chad Townsend Hess believed he had no choice but scored the goal and Hess resisted the call, despite G’s interference.
“It can’t be a punishment because it’s on the outside shoulder,” Townsend said.
If he hits it, it’s an attempt.
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“Conn hit him on the outside shoulder. watch out.”
The test line was there, and Ross could not understand what Hess was waiting for.
“It’s not a bad test there,” Roe said.
“He doesn’t change his mind, but Chad Knows knows his rules.
“He’s out of his shoulder. He’s right. He ran straight to him.
“Hey, what’s going to happen?”
Payne agreed with both Townsend and Roach, explaining that the relationship was on the outside shoulder, and that the “black and white” law was enforced at all times.
“I don’t know what Coyne is supposed to do, when a bloke is running 100 miles an hour a meter from the tryline and he wants to score a try, he’s going to go out to tackle himself,” he said.
“And he’s black and white on his outer shoulder. It was all seasons, very little confusing and frustrating.”
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Brenton Speed agreed that the call should be played.
“There’s not much contact there,” Speed said.
He has downloaded it, but he does not offer Finn.
“There you have to just touch him with feathers and he will fall to try and get punished,” Rock added.
Michael Inis believed it should be 12-12 at half-time, with the Sharks being given two points by a strong penalty.
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“To be honest, I thought the punishment was embarrassing,” said Inis.
In the meantime, if Gordon Talis married Cowboys, the penalty could have prevented Hess Tickle from working.
“If you score, you say Cohen Hess has been denied a chance, so it’s weird.”