The Sydney Roosters got an early break in the NRL grand final when a charged down kick hit the team trainer with the Raiders seemingly ready to race away for a try.
Sia Soliola charged down a Luke Keary kick with his head, which flew downfield only to hit the Roosters trainer in the head.
Elliot Whitehead appeared the only one in a position to chase it down.
Instead of the chance of four points for the Raiders, they found themselves packing down for a scrum with the Roosters feed.
"Where play is irregularly affected in the field of play, the referee shall re-start play with a scrim with the attacking team (ie with territorial advantage) to receive the loose head and feed," the rules say.
Rule 8.1 covers what happens if the ball makes contact with a trainer - it’s the same as if it hits the ref. IMO, the rule should be that if the ball hits a trainer the other teams gets possession BUT we’ll probably get kickers aiming for trainers then. pic.twitter.com/pbuG8rK7iU— Brad Walter (@BradWalterSport) October 6, 2019
While within the rules, veteran Nine commentator Phil Gould said the Raiders were hard done by.
'That could've been a try under the posts,'" Gould said.
Raiders fans were not happy on social media either.
The Roosters forced a goal-line dropout and in the next set young hooker Sam Verrills dived across the line next to the posts, with Latrell Mitchell converting for a 6-0 lead.
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