Henry faces fine for saying what everyone knows is the truth
GOLD Coast coach Neil Henry could be issued with a breach notice for public comment about video referees even though he found powerful support in his anguish over a crucial try ruling.
The NRL will today meet to consider Henry’s post-game comments about a Greg Inglis try in South Sydney’s 22-16 win over the Titans and a radio interview with Triple M yester- day in which the Titans mentor again reiterated his disappointment in the ruling and 11-6 lopsided penalty count. The governing body introduced a blanket ban on referee comment this year, meaning Henry and Canberra coach Ricky Stuart, who walked out of his press conference to avoid breaching that rule on Saturday night, could be hit with fines as early as today.
Henry has promised to take the fight to referees boss Tony Archer as it was the second controversial try ruling against the Titans at home this year in games where such a decision contributed to the final result.
The Titans’ two-point loss to Newcastle this season came on the back of a missed obstruction call for a Dane Gagai try that referees boss Archer later apologised to the Gold Coast for being wrong.
Archer was unavailable for comment yesterday because he was attending a game else- where and couldn’t properly review the incident without access to all the vision and audio from the game.
But the general consensus is utter confusion about how video officials Jared Maxwell and Ben Galea could overturn the no-try ruling on field after Inglis ran behind a teammate standing in the defensive line.
It prompted Parramatta great Peter Sterling to echo a prospect first raised by Gorden Tallis in The Sunday Mail seven weeks ago to strip video referees of the power to adjudicate on obstruction rulings.
“They got the decision right on the field and it should’ve been a decision made on the field and we send it upstairs and we have no reason to overturn,” Sterling told the Sunday Footy Show.
“It’s no try, you can’t run behind. It was dealt with on the field. Take the video referee out of this situation, he is not needed.”