NRL referees boss Tony Archer admits the bunker erred in failing to overturn Josh Jackson’s crucial try in the Sydney Roosters’ four-point NRL loss to Canterbury last Thursday.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson was livid post-game that the bunker stuck by the on-field decision of try, swearing that Bulldogs hooker Michael Lichaa stopped Aidan Guerra from stopping the putdown.
On Monday, Archer agreed.
“After reviewing it, I’m of the opinion that once Michael Lichaa touches the hand of Guerra, he’s impeded him, so subsequently it should’ve been overturned,” Archer told the NRL website.
Robinson unloaded on the video officials in the post-match press conference for the second time this year, saying more questions needed to be asked of the bunker.
He said he couldn’t understand how the bunker made yet another error.
“If you are going to spend that money, if you are going to have those camera angles, then get it right,” he said post-game.
“You guys (the media) need to ask questions. Because we are down the bottom of the ladder, we will move on and we will get a silent phone call and saying sorry we got it wrong.”
Robinson said there was no point in calling Archer this week to simply receive an apology.
“I am a fan of the bunker, but you can’t have all those camera angles and get it wrong, it is so important, for a team like us for morale, for the effort,” he said.
“Some guy sits in a box and doesn’t see Aidan Guerra’s hand pushed, it is an illegal play, you just can’t get that stuff wrong, not with the promises that got made with this bunker.
“It is 101. You get an apology and you move on but you are sitting on the same amount of points. It is the rant of a losing coach I guess, but it is just unacceptable. Who is holding them accountable?”
Archer also said the bunker also should’ve awarded a try to Cronulla captain Paul Gallen, who was penalised for double movement in their win over Parramatta.
An NRL spokesperson told AAP Robinson’s comments were still under review, but it is understood the Roosters coach isn’t likely to face sanction.
Robinson was fined $40,000 earlier this year after attacking the credibility of referee Ben Cummins in an explosive aftermath to their Anzac Day loss to St George Illawarra.