The NRL’s crackdown on high contact has divided punters this season but most can agree on one thing — match officials have struggled to implement the league’s new penalties consistently.
Commentators were left scratching their heads after a particularly contentious call in the Sharks’ clash with the Raiders on Saturday.
When Raiders forward Corey Harawira-Naera managed a one-handed offload just centimetres from the Sharks’ line, it didn’t take long for his teammates to get the ball to prolific tryscorer Jordan Rapana, who crashed over for the game’s first four-pointer.
The try was awarded on-field, before the Bunker intervened and deemed an errant hand from Brayden Trindall constituted a high tackle.
“In the process of scoring the try, Brayden Trindall has hit Jordan Rapana high,” said Bunker official Henry Perenara.
If foul play is deemed to have occurred as a try is scored, referees can choose to award the scoring team an extra shot at goal, giving the side an “eight-point try”.
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night, but not everyone was convinced the incident merited the extra two points.