Canberra coach Ricky Stuart claims common sense has gone missing in the NRL’s obstruction rule, labelling the current interpretation a “blight on the game”.
The Raiders were denied what would have been two crucial late tries in their 34-20 loss to South Sydney on Thursday night, with Jack Wighton twice called back.
Benji Marshall was first ruled to be obstructed when Emre Guler stopped in the line, before Wighton was pinged for running behind Corey Harawira-Naera three minutes later.
The calls in the last 10 minutes proved decisive, as Souths kicked a late penalty goal to go 14 clear despite finishing the game with a man in the sin-bin.
“There was no way in the world they were going to tackle either of those players there,” Stuart said.
“Anybody with a bit of common sense in regards to rugby league knows they were two tries.
“While ever that type of interpretation is in the game it will be a blight on the game. We’ve known that for a few years.
“You can’t run forward and try and tackle someone in front of you, and not try and tackle the person with the football.”
Stuart insisted he wasn’t whinging, but said he would go to the NRL over an 8-1 penalty count against his side.
He also believed that did little to counter the seven set restarts in their favour to none.
“I will (talk to the NRL),” Stuart said.
“This has been happening a lot this year to us. I’ll look like a whinger, which I don’t really give a shit about.
“When you get a game out there where it’s 8-1 in penalties, I just think that needs a discussion.”
Regardless, Stuart said his team could still only blame their own defence for the defeat after fighting for a 16-14 half-time despite losing George Williams in the warm up.
The injury forced Jordan Rapana to take on kicking duties while Stuart was also impressed with Elliot Whitehead’s shift to five-eighth.
“We can’t keep giving away 12 to 18 points a game, that’s what we keep doing,” he said.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame, no one else.”