Canberra has been known as ‘The Beaters’ in recent years but on Thursday night the team endured a stunning save to win their worst performance of the year. .
The Raiders have no right to defeat Parramatta after the Eels are given a challenge behind a gruesome bunker decision in the dying phase.
Canberra was leading 12-6 when Eels defender Jakob Arthur delivered a kick towards goal in the 76th minute.
Eighth year Parramatta Dylan Brown was clearly ahead of Arthur at the time of the free kick, sending him skewed out, which should have killed the effort Maika Sivo finished in the corner.
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Referee Adam Gee sent the decision to referee Henry Perenara to review.
Perenara seems to have skipped Brown’s outer part, which baffled Fox League commentators.
“Are you telling Dylan Brown is next to you? There was no way he was on my side,” said Andrew Voss.
“Dylan Brown doesn’t take sides. I thought he was off the wing on the last kick.”
The bunker seemed to rewind to watch the Brown incident, but Perenara still decided to let the audience stand trial”, also saying that Sivo had landed before touching the ball.
Voss was amazed.
“I was still bewildered when Dylan Brown was called in,” he said.
Voss appeared calm compared to the rugby league’s social media.
Fans took to Twitter to vent their disappointment at the bunker’s decision, which sent Eel into the two-point round of Raid after a missed sideline switch.
It was October 12 and the Raiders were desperately clinging to a fragile lead that could eventually define their season.
Parramatta almost snatched the victory at the last minute when the ball once again found Sivo’s hand.
The hulking winger flew away trying, only for Canberra’s full-back Jordan Rapana to fly across the field and throw his full body weight towards the Fijian, this time making a successful touch.
The bunker considered a possible Rapana shoulder foul, which could have been a penalty and an Eel win.
But Rapana’s connection was removed and Canberra withdrew home with the score.
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