Graham Annesley opens up on Des Hasler conversations following controversial Manly loss
The NRL has stood by the on-field decision to send Jake Trbojevic to the sin bin for a professional foul late in Manly’s semifinal loss to South Sydney.
The call left the Sea Eagles fuming, with Nine Network cameras capturing footage of coach Des Hasler on the phone, reportedly demanding to speak with NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley after the match.
Annesley told reporters he has since spoken with Hasler several times.
There had been suggestions Hasler could be fined for his post-match comments, in which he claimed Manly had been “dudded”.
Yet while the decision isn’t up to Annesley, he went in to bat for the coach of the year favourite, saying Hasler simply disagrees with the call and did not question the integrity of the referees.