Parramatta coach Brad Arthur could find himself in hot water after lashing out at the NRL referees over Corey Norman’s costly sin-binning in their 32-16 loss to North Queensland.
Arthur defied the NRL’s recent edict not to criticise the officials when he declared that fans had been robbed of an even contest in the wake of his five-eighth’s sin-binning for a professional foul on Michael Morgan.
He bemoaned the lack of consistency from the whistle-blowers and said he would ask NRL referees boss Tony Archer for a please explain.
“It’s disappointing that with 14 minutes to go that we couldn’t see two really good teams fight it out, to see who could get on top at the end,” Arthur said.
“I think everyone’s been robbed of a good game of football.”
“I just need to ask him (Archer) what the ruling is and whether it will happen continually.”
With the game in the balance, Norman clearly pulled Morgan off the ball but it wasn’t enough for the video referees to award a penalty try – a decision Cowboys coach Paul Green questioned.
The Eels believed it had turned the game after Johnathan Thurston evened the scores from the ensuing penalty and the Cowboys took the lead through Antonio Winterstein soon after.
“There hasn’t been too many of them (sin-binnings) this year,” Eels skipper Kieran Foran said.
“It’s a massive call at that stage of the game, to send a key player off for 10 minutes.
“But in saying that, we didn’t make it easy on ourselves.
“We coughed up too much ball and if you cough up too much ball against a good side like the Cowboys, they’re going to make you pay for it.”