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Robinson disagrees with refereeing decision

Sporting News logo Sporting News 30/04/2017

© Provided by Sportal com au Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he has no problem with the crucial penalty blown against Mitchell Pearce in Auckland, but disagrees with the decision to sin-bin winger Daniel Tupou.

The Roosters went down 14-13 when Shaun Johnson kicked a late penalty after Pearce was pinged for being off-side.

Earlier in the match, Tupou was sent for a spell in the bin when he held Johnson down after getting the ball stripped.

Robinson said he had no problem with the Pearce penalty, but didn't think Tupou should have been marched.

"Personally I thought there was quite a few players behind the ball ready to play," he said.

"It wasn't a chase down from behind.

"They'll say tehcnically it was a send-off. The holding down - I thought there was enough there not to say it was a breakaway and held down like a typical one." 

After kicking a field-goal for a one-point advantage, Pearce was the villain at the death, failing to retreat to an on-side position.

The incident caused plenty of outrage on social media, but Robinson said he had no problem with it.

"It was off-side, yep, that's the rule," he said.

"I thought they probably could've been louder on their call. It was pretty quiet on the off-side.

"And he probably should've blown it when Mitchell was involved - I thought it was a big advantage.

"But it was offside, it was a genuine penalty. He needed to get back onside and he didn't.

"They're the rules."

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