Gold Coast Titans dudded by NRL officials' blunder in golden point win by Canberra Raiders

Joel Gould and Alex Mitchell
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The NRL says the Titans should have received a penalty that would have won them the game.
The NRL says the Titans should have received a penalty that would have won them the game. Credit: Getty Images;AAP

The Gold Coast Titans have been dudded again in golden point extra time and should have had a shot at penalty goal from in front to win against Canberra on Sunday night.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley confirmed on Monday that Raiders fullback Chevy Stewart was offside when he charged down Titans captain Kieran Foran’s attempt at field goal in the 87th minute.

The admission will further fuel the war of words between Titans coach Des Hasler and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart, above, with Stuart saying Hasler was “on another planet” for criticising the officiating after the match.

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“I think it was probably a good metre offside,” fuming Titans coach Des Hasler said after his team’s 21-20 loss.

“Let’s hear from the hard-running Graham Annesley, so hopefully he will have a better idea about it Monday.”

Annesley confirmed in a video presentation on Monday that Stewart was not back 10m when the ball cleared the ruck.

“He, in this instance, is offside,” Annesley said.

“That was an error and should have been picked up by the touch judges.”

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Titans players look dejected during the round six NRL match between Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium, on April 14, 2024, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Titans players look dejected during the round six NRL match between Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium, on April 14, 2024, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images) Credit: Mark Nolan/Getty Images

Annesley said that, in the first instance, the Titans should have received a set restart for the infringement, but the ball ricocheted away and they knocked-on and did not receive any advantage.

“If they had picked up the offside player, waved six-again and the play breaks down ... then they will say there is no advantage and give the penalty,” he said.

Hasler also queried why the Bunker did not look at the incident.

“The Bunker cannot review 10m compliance,” Annesley said. “It doesn’t happen in any other aspect of play.”

Raiders halfback Jamal Fogarty ultimately slotted a 90th minute field goal to give his side victory in Canberra.

It was a case of deja vu for the Titans. Last year Annesley conceded the Titans should have been awarded a penalty in front of the posts in the closing minutes of Parramatta’s 25-24 win in round 20 for the opposing players being offside.

Eels forwards Ryan Matterson and Shaun Lane were both a metre offside when the ball cleared the ruck as Titans No.7 Tanah Boyd missed a 76th minute field goal attempt.

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: Ricky Stuart, coach of the Raiders looks on during the round two NRL match between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium, on March 16, 2024, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16: Ricky Stuart, coach of the Raiders looks on during the round two NRL match between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium, on March 16, 2024, in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images) Credit: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

On Sunday night both coaches were in fine form. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said Hasler was “on another planet” after the Titans mentor also blasted the refereeing of Kasey Badger.Hasler, above, said referee Kasey Badger performance’s was “pretty poor” after his team conceded five penalties to three, and gave away eight set restarts to the Raiders’ one.

Stuart fired back and accused the Titans of “cheating” by wrestling his players while they attempted to play the ball, suggesting they could have received “another 10 or 12” set restarts.

“If he’s critical of the six-agains and the penalties, he’s on another planet,” Stuart said. “He coached well ... but the way they cheated when they were standing there with their hand on the ball ... the way they cheated on the ground. I feel sorry for Kasey the way they were in her face all night.”

Annesley statistics from the match on 10m compliance. They revealed the Titans were offside 28 times that they were not pinged for, while the Raiders got away with it 10 times. Hasler, who joked he’d be fined $25,000 for his rant, said “some” of the penalties were warranted.

“Some of them just leave us battling field position the whole time,” he said.

Annesley’s stats also showed that the Raiders were offside on 10 occasions that were not penalised, but overall they were onside 94 per cent of the time compared to the Titans’ 89.4 per cent.

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