NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley and Ryan Girdler have clashed over Manly forward Jake Trbojevic’s sin-binning in their season ending 34-26 loss to the Rabbitohs.
Trbojevic was sent to the bin for 10 minutes late in the second half, with Manly leading 26-20 after he held back South Sydney centre Dane Gagai in a potential try-scoring situation.
Girdler believes Trbojevic was making an attempt to get to the ball-carrier, but Annesley refused to condone making contact with a player without the ball.
“We are not playing gridiron mate where you can take defenders out or support players in this case,” Annesley told Triple M.
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NRL supports Jake sin bin
NRL: Head of Football Graham Annesley has supported the controversial sin-binning of Jake Trbojevic in the Sea Eagles loss to the Rabbitohs.
“Anyone who doesn’t have the ball has every entitlement not to be interfered with.”
However Girdler hit back by suggesting that referees should use discretion given the importance of the moment and the effect it has on the game.
“In a physical game like that sometimes players get mixed up in those situations and I think the referees need to use discretion,” Girdler.
“When you have got an elimination final and in a moment like that whether or not there was a lot of intent involved or whether it was an accidental play where a guy is trying to chase a man who has the football in a crucial moment of the game.”
“They are the things that divide opinion,” Annesley responded.
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“Some people will believe there was intent involved. Others might believe it was an accidental collision.
“But the referees have to make this decision and if they give any indication at all that it is ok for players to take support players out, we will see it happening in every game, every week.”
“We do see it every week and we don’t see players sent to the sin bin for that,” Girdler responded.
Daly Cherry-Evans argues the sin bin decision with the referee.Source:Getty Images
“You and I will have to agree to disagree because it has happened over the course of the season and the fact that it is a big game, the rules don’t change,” Annesley replied.
“Referees would be accused of being inconsistent if they applied a different standard in finals than they did during the course of the season.
“Do they always get things right? I’ve stood up every Monday and said referees have got decisions wrong.
“Last week I said two players should have gone to the sin bin that didn’t go to the sin bin and he was dropped, so things can divide opinion and that is one of the great things about our game that everyone can have an opinion.”
Originally published as‘It’s not Gridiron’: Annesley and Girdler clash over Trbojevic sin-binning
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