Bunker controversy mars Wests Tigers vs Warriors clash, Luciano Leilua disallowed try, news, updates, video highlights, scores


By Matt Bungard and Chris De Silva

The Wests Tigers‘ round three clash against the Warriors has been marred by bizarre gaffe from a referee which saw an apparent try disallowed without being sent to the Bunker.

The disallowed try proved to be pivotal as the Tigers slumped to an 0-3 start to the 2022 season after a 16-12 Warriors win at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

The incident occurred midway through the first half with the scores tied at 6-6 when Tigers second-rower Luciano Leilua thought he’d got his hands on a grubber kick into the in-goal area.

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However, the apparent try was waved off by referee Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski, who immediately called for a 20m restart, opting not to send the play up to the Bunker, with the call leaving the commentary team baffled.

“That certainly had to be looked at,” lead commentator Warren Smith said on Fox League’s coverage.

“I’m saying green lights,” Smith said.

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“Given how often we refer things to The Bunker, and how close it was, it’s stunning it wasn’t referred in the first place.”

Fans booed at Campbelltown Stadium as the replays were shown on the big screen, realising that the Tigers had been robbed.

“The fans are blowing up and rightfully so – you had to have a look at that,” Balmain Tigers legend Steve Roach added.

Things didn’t get much better for the Tigers after they entered the half-time break trailing 14-12.

Zane Musgrove, who scored a try minutes before the main break, was placed on report for a late hit on Bayley Sironen 12 minutes into the second half.

The incident occurred as the Warriors were pushing to extend their lead with an attack on the right side of the Tigers’ defence.

Musgrove on report for late hit

Sironen drew Musgrove towards him before offloading a quick pass to his right, only to be clubbed across the neck by Musgrove’s swinging right arm after he released the ball to teammate Matt Lodge.

Unlike the Leilua play in the first half, the referee opted to send this one up to the Bunker, with replays catching Musgrove’s dangerous act.

The Tigers were left to lament a number of missed opportunities in what ended up being a tryless second half for both sides.

Tigers duo Daine Laurie and Starford To’a both bombed what looked to be certain tries, with under-fire coach Michael Maguire left shaking his head in the coaches’ box.

Maguire’s Tigers will travel to Queensland next week for a round four clash against the Gold Coast Titans, while the Warriors will face the Brisbane Broncos.

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