Else quarterback Clint Guterson called Bunker’s decision to deny a certain Waka Blake try “disappointing.”
With the score sitting at 30-14 with 20 minutes to go at CommBank Stadium, Parramatta’s side stretched the ball down the left, allowing Blake to hit a crucial four-pointer.
On review, bunker referee Chris Butler ruled Makahesi Makatoa had made contact with Adam Reynolds’ chest, preventing him from slipping through the Broncos’ defensive line.
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But both Els coach Brad Arthur and captain Guterson disagreed.
“It was a disallowed try that would have put us within 10 with 20 minutes to go,” Arthur said.
“I think he’s in the shoulder, if you’re leading with the outside shoulder it’s a different story, but he’s in the shoulder.
Maybe the defender came out of it.
Guterson said he believed Judge Gerard Sutton was an attempt and disagreed with Bunker’s decision.
“He tried it on the field, I asked him later and he thought it was an experiment,” Guterson said.
“Bunker obviously saw it differently, a lot less desperate.”
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Meanwhile, Brisbane boss Adam Reynolds has been questioned as to whether his side took a shot at a no-try call – but the veteran sidelined the idea.
“I don’t think so,” Reynolds said.
“Put myself in position to get in front of that lead runner. He is a big body so I had to find myself in front of him.
“They checked him and I tried to let him go, he was beaten. It is part of the law.”
While that moment went with the Eels at a crucial point, their overall performance was poor after a tumultuous week.
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Brad Arthur’s management have reportedly bought him to the Bulldogs, with Mitchell Moses also named in the subject.
Incoming Tigers assistant coach Benji Marshall wasted no time in meeting with Moses to recruit talent.
But, according to Arthur, the Eels’ performance at a soggy CommBank Stadium was nothing short of catapulting the Broncos into the top four.
“No, we prepared the same as we do every week,” said Arthur.
“Once we go out there, that 80 minutes, it doesn’t matter what happened during the week.
“Certainly there is no excuse and this had no role.”