Shane Flanagan fumes at NRL bunker over no-try call in St George Illawarra Dragons vs Wests Tigers

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In the closing stages of his side’s first-half clash with the Wests Tigers, a controversial try by Dragons link-up Kyle Flanagan was disallowed.

Flanagan charged out of dummy-half, rolled under a tackle from Jahream Bula and placed the ball on the goal line for what looked like a Dragons try. However, referee Chris Butler sent the ball into the bunker as a no-try and Adam Gee agreed with the on-field decision.

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In Fox League coverage, two-time Dally M Medalist Cooper Cronk said Flanagan’s moves were “voluntary”.

Bunker referee Gee, however, disagreed and ruled: “Kyle Flanagan is lying on his back with a defender on his legs and upper body. There is no momentum at that point. Then he takes the ball to the goal line. We have a decision.”

Cronk was stunned by the decision and former Dragons prop James Graham also felt the try should have been awarded to the Dragons.

“He has the right to stick it out,” Graham said on the Fox League halftime show.

“If we see this at a normal pace, I think he is justified in making that decision.”

His colleague Michael Ennis agreed, saying the decision was “really contentious and controversial as to whether there was any momentum behind the tackle – that’s hard to tell when we’re all constantly watching slow-motion replays.”

Meanwhile, Fox League sideline reporter Matt Russell revealed in his halftime report that the Dragons were “furious” about the decision.

Although it ultimately had no impact on the result and the Dragons left the field as winners with a score of 56-14, coach Shane Flanagan did not hold back when asked about the decision regarding his son’s try in his post-match press conference.

“I’m glad you asked, because this is an experiment,” he explained.

“I know it’s Kyle, but this is definitely an attempt.

“It’s a 12-point turnaround and at a really important time. I just can’t understand it.”

“The referee wanted to know if he had just put the ball on the goal line and they ruled he had. He thought the move was just about the tackle. He wasn’t held, he kept moving.

“It’s just a crazy decision. If we don’t manage to correct the result, like today when we’re really under pressure, then we have to correct it.

“The referee did a good job today, but the bunker let him down.”

Dragons captain Ben Hunt supported his coach, saying: “I thought it was a try.”

Originally published as ‘Crazy’: Dragons ‘furious’ over ‘really controversial’ no-try call from Flanagan

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