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Rabbitohs ripped off by the refs

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23rd March, 2020

The South Sydney Rabbitohs were the victims of refereeing error in Round 2, costing them the win.

The Rabbits ended up going down to the Broncos by four after a fumble from Kotoni Staggs was incorrectly awarded a try.

In his Round 1 football briefing on Monday, the NRL’s Head of Football Elite Competitions Graham Annesley walked the assembled media through the weekend’s footballing issues.

Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley

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It was revealed that Staggs’ 58th-minute try should not have been awarded after Staggs’ hand came away from the ball.

The Bronco did not regain control before forcing the ball down under the posts.


The on-field referee did not refer it to the Bunker and the Rabbitohs did not request a captain’s challenge. Televised highlights didn’t show the error either.

Jamayne Isaako converted the incorrectly awarded try and the Broncos won by six.

With everything else going on in the world of sport, a refereeing error that cost a side a game may seem inconsequential. And it probably is. And referees are human, too.

But if the Rabbitohs miss the top eight by two points, remember this moment.