• Kangaroos furious over forward pass ruling

    Date: 2018.07.01 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    Dylan Walker draws the defender and prepares to throw a pass to Sione Mata’utia Mata’utia picks up the ball before it is ruled forward.

    Here is the moment the Kangaroos believe they were dudded a try to winger Sione Mata’utia which could have seen them retain their Four Nations trophy against New Zealand.

    Mata’utia scooped up a pass from teammate Dylan Walker before racing into the corner to score what seemed to be a match-equalling try in the dying stages of the game. But referee Phil Bentham – on advice from Australian touch judge Jason Walsh – ruled the pass had travelled forward. Bentham reacted instantly to Walsh’s call. The pass – at worst – was line ball and privately Kangaroos officials are seething. They are adamant Walker’s pass was legal, and Mata’utia scored which would have given skipper Cameron Smith a match-winning sideline conversion attempt.

    It capped an unhappy relationship between the Kangaroos and the match officials throughout the tournament. The Kangaroos grew tired of their opponents’ wrestling tactics and felt there were several inaccuracies throughout the competition. It is understood Australian coach Tim Sheens will take his frustrations to referees’ boss Tony Archer this week. Test matches being controlled by one referee – not two, as in the NRL – and the preference for neutral referees caused the Kangaroos the most angst.

    Mata’utia still had a challenge to score the try, but the Newcastle winger believed he touched the ball down inside the sideline.

    “I got it down definitely,” Mata’utia said. “I’m not too sure about the pass. It’s a bit blurry but I know I got it down. It’s unfortunate we didn’t get the try. That’s footy.

    “All I knew was that I had to get the ball down to give it a chance. The ref thought it was forward. Whatever the ref says goes, so I can’t really say much.”

    Mata’utia was left shattered at the decision. He needed to be consoled by senior Kangaroos teammates after the game.

    “I was flying,” Mata’utia said when he thought he scored. “I was on top of the moon. Then I looked back and the referee gave the signal that it was a forward pass. It was gut wrenching. There was no come back after that. I was a bit emotional after it. Smithy [Cameron Smith] and Coops [Cooper Cronk] came in and gave me a bit of advice.

    “They told me to keep my head up and I’m young and I have a bright future ahead of me and hopefully plenty more games in the green and gold. After [the game] I’ve changed my goals to get that trophy back. Hopefully if I do get a jersey, and get another crack I can get that trophy back.”

    Smith was also of the belief Mata’utia had scored.

    “From where I was standing I thought it was good,” Smith said. “If it was forward then it wasn’t any more forward than their pass to score in the corner in the first half. We’re not going to blame that. We left our run too late and they were good enough to hold on.”

    Meanwhile, Mata’utia revealed he played the bulk of the second half with a popped rib thanks to a bullocking Manu Vatuvei. Vatuvei barged over the top of Mata’utia twice to score, but it was his 62nd minute try which left Mata’utia nursing damaged ribs.

    “I felt it popped twice,” Mata’utia said. “I thought it was another knock. I was carrying an injury from last week.

    “I looked at Coops and Coops was like ‘mate you have to stay in the game’. I tried my best. I’m paying for it now. They don’t call [Vatuvei] the best for nothing. I closed my eyes and grit my teeth and went in hard. He got the better of me. It’s a lesson learnt. Hopefully I get the chance to go against him again.”

    Scoring the match winning try would have capped a dream tournament for Mata’utia who became Australia’s youngest ever player when he made his debut against England.

    “Not many 18-year-olds can go through this,” Mata’utia said. “It’s something every kid dreams of. I’ve always dreamed of putting on the green and gold.”

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.