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NRL Referees Coaches Stuart Raper and Bill Harrigan have today backed the match officials in last night’s Broncos-Knights Telstra Premiership match. 

A review of the match this morning examined a number of decisions debated after the game in post-match discussions – notably three no-try decisions against the Knights – and Raper says the referees made the right call on each occasion.

“There is no doubt that the match officials made the right decision in each instance,” Raper said.

“With the Joel Edwards one, there is no video evidence which shows him grounding the ball. The video referee was not in a position to award a try and the referee (Jared Maxwell) was in a good position to make the call he did.

“With the focus so much on the ball, in my opinion the match officials missed Corey Parker’s arm around the neck of Edwards and could have awarded a penalty, but certainly ‘no try’ was the correct ruling.

“With the Adam MacDougall one, he goes up to contest possession and as he comes down the ball clearly hits him on the arm and is a knock-on.

“In regards to the Kurt Gidley forward pass decision, the touch judge was in a very good position and made a positive call.

“Looking at all the evidence, there is no doubt in our minds that the ball comes out of Gidley’s hands forward.”

Raper said an extensive review of the match also revealed that the Knights and Broncos should have received a penalty each for infringements that were today charged by the Match Review Committee.

“We are the first blokes to put up our hands and admit when someone has made a mistake but the referees have got it right here with the key try-scoring decisions and that needs to be acknowledged,” Raper said.