The Wests Tigers’ audacious bid to have the result overturned in their controversial loss to North Queensland has failed, with the NRL confirming that it would remain a win to the Cowboys.
A statement from the governing body explained that although top brass met with Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis and CEO Justin Pascoe last week, the club would not be successful in their bid to retrospectively be awarded the two points.
It was always a long shot that any action to try and get a result changed would yield success, with the NRL saying that although mistakes were made, that would not be happening.
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“The NRL has already acknowledged that the Bunker official decision of ‘escort’ was incorrect, leading to the erroneous awarding of a penalty in favour of North Queensland Cowboys which ultimately decided the match,” the statement read.
Both sides argued on whether or not a challenge should have been allowed in the first place, with the NRL standing firm on the legality of that part of the process – despite the penalty that was awarded being incorrect.
Ken Maumalo and other Wests Tigers players walk off after their controversial loss. (Getty)
“The NRL is comfortable with the interpretation that was applied but has acknowledged, in light of the concerns raised by the Wests Tigers, that the rule needs to be reviewed at the end of the season to provide more clarity so as to ensure that there is no future misunderstanding as to the intent and application of the rule,” it said.
“Wests Tigers will be consulted as part of the review, together with other interested clubs and stakeholders.”
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The NRL acknowledged “the professional and respectful manner in which the representatives of the Wests Tigers have pursued their concerns on behalf of their club’s members and fans” but said there would be no further discussions about the match.
The NRL’s verdict followed a strong reaction, not just from the Tigers, but from a raft of the game’s commentators who felt the club was “robbed” of the two points due to the post-siren decision to award the Cowboys a penalty.
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