That Origin try: Did Inglis score or did the refs get it wrong?
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The key moment of Origin game 1 was decided by the referees: Greg Inglis was awarded a controversial try after dropping it after Robbie Farah’s foot dislodged the ball.
This is how The Roar’s live blog called the moment:
“VIDEO REFEREE – Inglis looks to have grounded the football here as Slater bats a Cronk kick back.“
The video showed Inglis appearing to drop the ball cold. The Channel 9 commentary team were in agreement it was clearly a knock-on.
Further replays showed Robbie Farah running in to make a tackle, and his foot kicking the ball out, which Inglis then drops forward before he grounds the ball.
However, there is a rule that the ball cannot be kicked out of the hands to save a try, for player safety reasons.
As replays show, the ball is shown to roll down Inglis’ arm, which to the naked eye looks to be a knock-on.
Again, from The Roar’s live blog:
“TRY QLD – Inglis scores the try but that is one of the most disgraceful decisions that I have ever seen. NSW should be hard done by there. Inglis lost that football!!!“
The follow-up comments left by Roarers say it all:
“WORST decision in history”
“The Inglis try is in the grand final of shocking decisions ever made.”
“As a neutral observor from Victoria, I found it a fantastic game to watch with high quality plays happening all the time. I feel as if NSW were robbed with the 72min Greg Inglis try as Inglis clearly knocked it on. Can’t wait till game 2 in Sydney!”
“An utterly devestating performance by the referees tonight, clearly dominating the contest”
“Cecchin is an ancient aboriginal word meaning: man who cannot visit NSW” (@aaronkearneyaus)
We’ll have footage of the incident as soon as it comes to hand. In the meantime, how did you see it?