Rabbitohs unhappy with no try ruling
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire says he will seek an explanation about the bunker's decision to disallow a try to South Sydney winger Joe Burgess midway through the second half against Manly on Monday night.
With the game in the balance at 18-12 – and with momentum on their side – the Rabbitohs looked to have crossed for their third try in the space of 13 minutes when Burgess finished off a mesmerising solo-effort in the left corner.
The on-field decision was 'try' but the 59th-minute effort was sent to the bunker for further examination.
After several replays, senior review official Ashley Klein ruled that the ball had momentarily come away from the Englishman's fingers, and that Burgess had failed to re-grip it before he grounded the Steeden.
Opinion was divided on whether the decision should have been overturned, but Maguire was clearly of the view that the original ruling should have been upheld.
"They're defining moments in the game," he said after South Sydney's eight-point loss; their seventh in a row.
"We made it hard [on ourselves] in the first half, [but] I think we achieved what we were after in the second half and got our completions up, but those sorts of things in the game are defining moments.
"Obviously I need to have a chat to the refs around what they saw there and the ruling on that."
Rabbitohs skipper Sam Burgess was adamant that the try should have been awarded, but refused to use the decision as an excuse for his side's loss.
South Sydney made 15 errors on Monday night to not only gift the Sea Eagles a couple of tries, but also limit their own opportunities with ball in hand in a game that effectively ends their chances of making the finals.
"I thought it was a try, a dead-set try," he insisted.
"I just don't know how they can get it wrong, I really don't.
"I tried to ask a question on the field 'Why is it being disallowed?' and there's no answer. I don't think the referees knew why. I think as a player it's pretty frustrating.
"I'm not blaming the referees – Manly were good – but some big moments in the game, I think we need to get better."
While the Rabbitohs were left stumped by the ruling, Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett summed up his views in five simple words.
"I thought he dropped it."
Sea Eagles backrower Jamie Buhrer agreed with his coach, but admitted he saw it differently at the time.
"When I saw it live, I thought it was a try," Buhrer told NRL.com.
"When I saw it in slow motion, I saw separation, and I say that honestly.
"I thought it was a no try after seeing that, and I'm glad we got the decision right. Sometimes those ones can be a bit of a 50-50, so I was glad to get the call tonight."