NRL admits failure in Bunker system that 'doesn't work'

The NRL has conceded the Bunker got it wrong when stripping the Roosters of a crucial try on Thursday night.

The Chooks were trailing 0-12 to Penrith in the first half when Joey Manu wrestled his way over the tryline to turn the momentum in favour of the home side.

But after a long examination the video referee overturned the try, ruling Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards had been obstructed by Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

The rules state a lead runner must not stop in the defensive line, and Waerea-Hargreaves did the right thing in moving well past the defensive line so as not to give away a penalty.

But Edwards, running across as cover defender, collided with the front-rower, which the Bunker deemed obstruction.

The call left many experts – as well as the Roosters – stunned, and on Friday NRL’s head of football Graham Annesley conceded it was incorrect.

“In the circumstances, the Bunker does have discretion to consider whether a defender could have prevented the try,” he said, according to News Corp.

“In my opinion, the try would have been scored regardless and the on-field decision should not have been overturned”.

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