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Bulldogs frustrations mount as Annesley admits bunker should have been used

“They have to get these decisions right and use the system that is available to them and the tools that are available to them to try to get them right,” Annesley said. “Given his time all over he would probably do it a bit differently.

“In some ways you’ve got to give the referee some kudos for having the courage of his conviction, but if you’re going to do that you’ve got to come up with the right decision. In this case it wasn’t the right decision.

Marcelo Montoya was incorrectly denied a try against the Eels according to Graham Annesley.

Marcelo Montoya was incorrectly denied a try against the Eels according to Graham Annesley.Credit:Getty Images

“I’d be giving the referee 100 out of 100 if he got that decision right. In this case he runs that risk if he doesn’t refer it to the bunker and gets it wrong then it’s a big call.”

The Bulldogs would have condemned the Broncos to last spot if they had beaten the Eels.

Annesley said he couldn’t be critical of the referees for calling full time when Sivo ran towards the sideline and catapulted the ball into touch to end the match.

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Sutton and sideline official Belinda Sharpe were in front of play after Canterbury five-eighth Lachlan Lewis had launched a desperate last-gasp kick down field.

Asked whether Sivo had actually thrown the ball forward, Annesley said: “I can’t explain the physics of that. I don’t have any criticism of the officials, they got there as quickly as they could after a kick.

“Whether this is tossed or thrown forward is difficult to say. Clearly the path of the ball takes a very peculiar angle. I don’t have any great explanation of that and looking at that it would be a difficult call for the officials to make and a tough call based on the player’s arm.”

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