Rabbitohs fuming about 'ridiculous' refs decisions in Broncos loss

 abc.net.au  4/21/2017 11:40:04 PM 

Posted April 22, 2017 09:40:04

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire is facing the prospect of a $10,000 fine after giving NRL referees a scathing assessment following the Rabbitohs' dramatic 25-24 loss to Brisbane.

The normally controlled Maguire let fly after the Rabbitohs were on the wrong end of several contentious decisions, including Anthony Milford's match-winning field goal in the 78th minute at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

As Milford caught it, the Broncos five-eighth appeared to bobble the ball before snapping the decisive one-pointer, with Maguire left fuming about the decision.

"Everyone else in this room — did they see that it was or it wasn't [a knock on]? Make a call because I don't want to get charged 10 grand," Maguire said.

"Could you explain that to all the Souths fans that continually turn up to our ground, that are passionate around our club.

"We're a building team, with young kids playing. I had Cam Murray go out there, who is a Souths junior, absolutely play a great game for us and have to sit in the changeroom and be disappointed because of things like that. Ridiculous."

On several occasions Maguire questioned the decisions made by on-field officials and video referees and his comments will come under scrutiny from Rugby League Central in coming days.

Last year Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was slugged $40,000, while Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has been fined $125,000 over the course of his career for his outspoken remarks.

Maguire held his tongue on several occasions during an extraordinary media conference, but made his feelings well known and flirted briefly with claiming his side had been robbed of the opportunity to win the match.

The Rabbitohs mentor took issue with Tautau Moga's 69th minute try, which levelled the scores after Milford was held up.

After the Rabbitohs defenders prevented Milford from getting over the line, the ball popped out the back of the ruck and Moga scooped it up to score.

Maguire argued that when Milford placed the ball on the ground, the tackle was complete and the play was dead.

"We're spending a lot of money areas in our games, we've got to get them right," Maguire said of the NRL's $2 million bunker.

"Those games change your season. Those two points are what every team is fighting for. We've got a multi-million system in place and everyone in this room saw it."


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