I thought that just made a mockery of the system. The ref petulantly accepted the challenge after the time elapsed even though he said it had as if to prove a pointless point. I also think that Timoko wasn’t held, grounded and his momentum didn’t stop so the call of held was premature. These refs are under so much pressure at the moment you get the feeling the players know it and will be toying with them all through the finals!
it’s a strange thing to say but I’m glad we’re not playing finals for this reason as well. The officiating genuinely gives me anxiety watching our team. I end up looking at why we’re getting pinged for ruck infringements or who was offside etc rather than enjoying the contest. I hardly ever feel like the best team is winning and ref is far too involved in the momentum than he should be.
what other sport can you say that about? Plus look at how much benefit the Roosters are getting after Robinsons blow up because the refs don’t want to be in big city media targets again. Just shaft the little guy, nobody cares.