Canterbury centre Josh Morris has accused NRL match officials of being scared to make a call, after he was controversially denied a try in the Bulldogs NRL elimination final loss to Penrith.
Morris appeared to ground the ball on the line midway through the second half, but was ignored by referee Jared Maxwell as he repeatedly asked for the movement to be reviewed by the bunker.
“What did you think,” Morris said.
“I grounded the ball on the line and the last time I checked that was a try.
“They are scared to make a call after what happened on Friday night.
“I asked him (Maxwell) to have a look at it and he just ignored me.
“In the context of the game, it was crucial. I am not saying we would have won the game but it was worth looking at.”
Penrith led 16-6 at the time but Tyrone Peachey scored for the Panthers soon after to give them an unassailable lead on their way to a 28-12 win.
The NRL has been under fire over the first weekend of the finals after a number of controversial decisions in Brisbane’s elimination final win over Gold Coast on Friday.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was also miffed about the no try decision.
“Is it worth a look? I think it is,” he said.
“Could it have been pivotal? I don’t know.
“But I’m not going to say it is the reason we lost the game.”