Round 4 V Tigers

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  1. forby

    forby Juniors

    Sep 21, 2012
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    He wasn't given a chance as the ref made an instant decision and was running back for the restart before Villi had even gotten up.
  2. Westernised Panther

    Westernised Panther Juniors

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    Gerard Sutton demoted over Viliame Kikau no try oversight

    Referees boss Bernard Sutton has been forced to make the tough call of demoting his own brother, lead referee Gerard, after his failure to use The Bunker for a controversial no try call on Friday night.

    During Penrith's golden point thriller against the Tigers, Panthers second-rower Viliame Kikau reached over the try-line after a barnstorming run and appeared to touch a blade of white grass on his way down.

    However, Sutton was adamant Kikau had lost control before grounding the ball and didn't hesitate in his decision to call no try without intervention from upstairs.

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    Replays confirmed the referee's oversight and on Monday NRL head of football Graham Annesley conceded Sutton made an error in judgement.

    "It's an error by the match officials, even if it hasn't received a lot of publicity," Annesley said on Monday.

    "The problem with this incident is that it should have been referred to the video referee, and it wasn't.

    "The on-field referee made a call of no try. That is a decision that should have gone to the video referee, on our review.

    "It should have been awarded a try."

    The decision, which surprisingly didn't receive much media attention over the weekend, has seen Sutton demoted into an assistant role under Ashley Klein for the Dragons' Sunday clash against Canterbury.

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    The Daily Telegraph's Phil Rothfield suggested Annesley had a hand in Sutton's punishment.

    BREAKING: refs boss Bernard Sutton has demoted his brother and grand final ref Gerard to assistant role for not referring Billy Kikau try last weekend.

    - BUZZ ROTHFIELD (@BuzzRothfield) April 9, 2019

    The NRL's number one referee was also demoted for an officiating mistake last year after a mix-up with touch judge Ricky MacFarlane.

    McFarlane raised his flag during a Cronulla set, prompting Sutton to put the whistle to his lips without blowing it, leaving Raiders players distracted as they allowed Sione Katoa to score a try untouched.
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  3. Panfa

    Panfa Juniors

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    Thats great news ive been saying this for a while that sutton and klein dont like the panthers look at the game last yr when penrith played melbourne in Melbourne sutton sent both mansour and tamou to the bin but penrith still won the game.
  4. Kilkenny

    Kilkenny First Grade

    Sep 13, 2004
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    The demotion is a token gesture he will be back next week and all forgotten.

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