Bunker got it right: Eisenhuth
It was the moment that sparked plenty of colourful debate between friends, colleagues and commentators, but Tigers lock forward Matt Eisenhuth believes there was nothing grey about the Bunker's decision to award his side a penalty for an obstruction during Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Panthers.
Channel Nine commentator and Immortal of the game, Andrew Johns, said Eisenhuth's attempted tackle on Tyrone Peachey was "Academy Award stuff" even though replays indicated that he had been impeded by Panthers hooker Peter Wallace who had stopped in the defensive line.
It didn't take long for the Bunker to disallow the try, with Senior Review Official Luke Patten ruling that Wallace had prevented Eisenhuth from getting involved in the tackle.
Frustratingly for Panthers fans, it was the second try rubbed out for obstruction in the space of five minutes, but according to Eisenhuth – whose cousin Paul Gallen was involved in a similar incident that saw the Tigers denied a try earlier in the season – the officials got it right.
"I was moving across as Peachey was skipping across the field and there was a bit of space there that I tried to close and Wallace was in the line so I could half get to Peachey, but if Wallace wasn't there then I would have had a better crack of getting to him," he told NRL.com.
"I made contact with Wallace and then made contact with Peachey; that's how I saw it and so did the ref.
"There was one disallowed a bit earlier when 'Woodsy' (Aaron Woods) ran straight into the guy who stopped in the line as well.
"We've had at least three or four tries disallowed since I've been playing where 'Teddy' (James Tedesco) has scored a try under the posts but it's been disallowed. Those are the rules of the game and I think we all have to move on."
That's exactly what the 24-year-old has done as he aims to cement his starting role in the No.13 jersey; a position he's grown more accustomed to since making the move from the edge to the middle third.
Since making his NRL debut in Round 15, Eisenhuth has looked more and more comfortable as a first-grader leaving Tigers coach Ivan Cleary with no other choice but to hand him a starting position.
"I just want to be consistent," he said.
"If I'm playing that starting role then I need to ensure that my job is being done. It's obviously a lot more difficult than coming off the bench because you can witness that first 20 minutes and see where things are going right or wrong, whereas if I'm out there for the first 40 minutes, you have to be switched on from the get-go seeing what needs to be fixed.
"I'm adapting to that role and I'm really enjoying it."