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Furious Dragons demand please explain from NRL over Storm's after the siren try

Time out ... the clock shows 80 minutes before Melbourne's Young Tonumaipea plays the ball on the final play.

Time out ... the clock shows 80 minutes before Melbourne's Young Tonumaipea plays the ball on the final play. Photo: FoxSports

St George Illawarra have asked the NRL for an explanation after Melbourne were allowed to score a match-winning try on Monday night after the siren.

The Dragons are fuming with the match officials after the Storm were allowed to play the ball after the siren had sounded, allowing them to snatch an incredible come-from-behind 28-24 victory at AAMI Park.

The NRL rules state that end of play is to be called "If time expires in either half when the ball is out of play or a player in possession has been tackled and the ball has not been played the referee shall immediately blow his whistle to terminate play".

Young Tonumaipea of the Storm is congratulated by team mates after his match-winner.

Young Tonumaipea of the Storm is congratulated by team mates after his match-winner. Photo: Getty Images

Dragons coach Steve Price was left fuming when he arrived from Melbourne on Tuesday morning.

"We are waiting for a response from the NRL," Price said. "We put a case forward to the NRL. We are waiting on clarification. I've watched it a number of times after the game. My coaching staff and all my players feel that ball hadn't been played before the siren had gone."

Replay of the final seconds of the match show that Storm winger Young Tonumaipea had not placed his foot on the ball before the siren sounded, with the clock on the television broadcast expiring a few seconds before he was even tackled.

The Storm then retained possession from a cross-field kick, keeping it alive until the ball eventually ended up back in the hands of Tonumaipea, who crossed in the corner to seal a controversial victory.

"We were courageous tonight but the footy gods weren't on our side," Price said after the game. 

It isn't the first time the siren has caused controversy in the NRL this season.

Only a fortnight ago Tigers skipper Robbie Farah blew up at the match officials after Manly were allowed to score a try after the half time siren had sounded.

That came a week after the Warriors were also allowed to play the ball after the siren in a game against the Tigers in Wellington, in which they also scored.

Farah said it wasn't long before a blunder would cost a team two premiership points, which it did on Monday night.

"They can't just keep coming up with those errors week in, week out," Farah said in the post-match press conference after the win against Manly.

"They've got to be better. We were lucky today that it didn't cost us but it's going to cost a team a big game. It's just not good enough, they just have got to be better. Not hearing it is not a good enough excuse."

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said "I thought it was touch and go, it was pretty close".

To rub salt into the wound of the gallant Dragons, they played the final 90 seconds with 12 men.

Back-rower Joel Thompson had been taken from the field mid-way through the second half for a concussion test, and under the new NRL rules the Dragons are allowed a free interchange if Thompson was to return within 15 minutes.

However Thompson was unable to make it back on the field and the Dragons had used up all of their 10 interchanges.

It meant Thompson's replacement had to be taken from the field with just over a minute remaining, which Price later described as "gut-wrenching".

105 comments

  • Dragons robbed! They should get the two competition points. NRL need to step in and say that try should not have been allowed. Dragons had won the match when siren sounded.

    Commenter
    Dragonboy
    Location
    Kogarah
    Date and time
    April 15, 2014, 9:35AM
    • The ball had been played when the siren rang. Iwas always taught that was OK.

      There was one very bad call that they got wrong last night, It came from video refs box, And any kid in kindergarten could have got it right. And it was Stephen Clarke - the name seems to come up fairly regularly when we have video ref stuff-ups.

      Come on NRL the game is suffering through referee's incompetence - not to mention the referees tip sheet.

      Smith is always talking about growing and improving the game - The biggest drawback, as far as as i can see, is the sub-standard level of refereeing . These new 'guessing' rules they've got are a joke - a very sick one!

      Commenter
      tri
      Location
      newcastle
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 11:15AM
    • I actually hate both teams as St george was the Melbourne of the sixties but there was a forward pass in the movement. Who cares but NRL has to change the interchange rule or get rid of it and they have to start acting on the forward pass rule.

      This idea that the wind blows the ball forward is the biggest load of garbage I have ever heard. basic physics would deem the wind needs to blowing at cyclone pace to change the course of a football thrown hard a shirt distnace.

      Bring back the forward pass rules and get rid of the interchange thus bringing back the small guys in the last ten minutes of each half.

      Commenter
      kellybellyfonte
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 11:27AM
    • Kelly, what is a forward pass? I am sick of armchair critics who are not aware of the rule. Page 22 of the International Laws of the Game. "The direction of a pass is relative to the player making it and not to the actual path relative to the ground. A player running towards his opponents’ goal line may throw the ball towards a colleague who is behind him but because of the thrower’s own momentum the ball travels forward relative to the ground. This is not a forward pass as the thrower has not passed the ball forward in relation to himself."

      Commenter
      Peter
      Location
      Rose Bay
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 12:22PM
    • I'm a Dragons supporter. I thought the decision to let play run was marginal but I can live with it. Saints should never have let themselves get to that position. A handy lead with 10 to go - they lost the game with some poor defence and decisions. Gareth's kick for touch with 90 seconds to go gave Storm the ball just inside their half (coming out a scrum). That set Storm for an attacking raid needing a score to win.

      This was a game the Saints let slip out of their grasp with a very poor first half - two many penalties given away and an iffy kicking game and sloppy defence. The second half was a big improvement for the most part but they fell apart in the last 10-15 minutes.

      I'd have to say the less experienced ref (didn't catch his name) made some curious calls.

      All in all - the result ruined my night.

      Commenter
      PaddoBeeGee
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 1:00PM
    • Peter, it was forward under either rule.

      Commenter
      James
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 1:07PM
    • Sour grapes!!!

      Commenter
      JG
      Location
      PYRMONT
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 1:18PM
    • I dont follow either team but here is the solution.
      If the rules state it is the end of play at the sounding of the siren the refs can let the play continue, if a try is scored that changes the result and there is doubt, refer it to the 3rd referee. They can look at the slo mo and make a fair & correct decision.
      Its not good enough is open to mischief and inconsistency if it is allowed to be a discresionary decision, which more often than not favour the home team.

      Commenter
      Danger Ranger
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 1:43PM
  • Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    Commenter
    Go Storm!
    Date and time
    April 15, 2014, 9:54AM
    • if the boot was on the other foot bellyache would demand the 2 points and the NRL would cow down to the Storm like they always do and reverse the result the ref's again are very very poor and it the best we're got their's a couple running in the under 10's who would do a better job.

      Commenter
      michael
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 10:10AM

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