The NRL says referee Adam Gee was right in not paying a last-second penalty to St George Illawarra within the loss to Canberra that formally ended their finals hopes.

Down 24-22 on Sunday afternoon, the Dragons had been on the assault by winger Mathew Feagai, who broke the road earlier than being tackled 15 metres from the tryline by Raiders ahead Corey Harawira-Naera.

Feagai tried to face and play the ball to offer his staff one final likelihood to attain however gave the impression to be illegally held down by Harawira-Naera, who was seemingly hoping to sluggish the sport down within the dying seconds.

However referee Gee blew the sport to an finish, denying the Dragons a penalty and sealing a two-point win for the Raiders that formally ended the three way partnership’s playoff aspirations.

The Dragons defeated the Raiders in comparable circumstances in spherical 16, with Ben Hunt intentionally mendacity on Canberra’s Joe Tapine in a deal with to assist his aspect maintain on for their very own two-point win.

However on Monday, the NRL’s head of soccer Graham Annesley stated the referee made the appropriate name within the rematch, saying no penalty ought to have been awarded to Feagai.

On-field referees depend on a timekeeper talking by their earpiece, not the sport clock seen on TV, to know when full-time should be referred to as.

Because of this, there’s generally a slight lag between the timekeeper formally bringing the sport to an finish and the published sport clock expiring. 

Annesley stated Feagai couldn’t earn a penalty for being held down within the ruck, as a result of by the point he stood as much as try to play the ball, the referee had already introduced the sport to an finish.

“Any technical infringement that may happen by the defender is irrelevant as a result of the ball hasn’t been introduced again into play (as a result of the sport has ended),” Annesley instructed reporters.

“And the referee can’t prolong the play for a technical infringement to award a penalty.”

The Dragons had misplaced their captain’s problem by the final play of the sport however had they not, they might have challenged the referee’s choice to blow full-time.

However Annesley stated a captain’s problem would have been unsuccessful, as a result of with the ball being out of play, the referee was right in blowing the sport to an finish.

“They might have misplaced their problem had that they had one as a result of time had expired and we couldn’t restart the sport for a technical infringement,” Annesley stated.

Annesley additionally identified that Feagai knocked the ball on within the deal with.

“Not solely may we not have restarted play as a result of the deal with had been accomplished, however we may additionally not have restarted play as a result of they knocked on within the ruck,” he stated.

The 2-point victory retains the Raiders’ finals hopes alive. 

Canberra seemingly must win their final three video games and hope the Roosters lose two of theirs with a view to safe a spot within the finals.

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