Souths Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire slams Bunker and 'rugby union rules' after loss to Brisbane Broncos


Souths Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire slams Bunker and 'rugby union rules' after loss to Brisbane Broncos
  1. Souths Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire slams Bunker and 'rugby union rules' after loss to Brisbane Broncos
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    An incensed Souths coach Michael Maguire has scolded the NRL's multi-million bunker and claimed he would call Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to brush up on the rules of rugby union after two controversial refereeing moments plagued the Broncos' wild win over the…
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An incensed Souths coach Michael Maguire has scolded the NRL's multi-million bunker and claimed he would call Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to brush up on the rules of rugby union after two controversial refereeing moments plagued the Broncos' wild win over the Rabbitohs on Friday night.

Anthony Milford snapped a dubious 78th-minute field goal after appearing to fumble the ball in the lead-up to settle the contest 25-24 at ANZ Stadium - barely 10 minutes after also being the centre of attention in Tautau Moga's bizarre try that levelled the scores.

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Busy night: Anthony Milford slips a pass away. Busy night: Anthony Milford slips a pass away. Photo: Getty Images

Rabbitohs skipper Sam Burgess also said lead referee Ashley Klein was "confused" as the voice of an emotional Maguire, who is normally so reserved in post-match press conferences, wavered on several occasions when he spoke about his players "busting their arses" after the loss.

In a game plagued by multiple referrals to the NRL Bunker, on-field officials didn't check Milford's handling in the lead-up to the game-deciding one-pointer in which he appeared to momentarily lose the ball.

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"I came in here looking to blow up, but to be truthfully honest I don't think that's going to do anything anyway," Maguire said. "They'll just hunt me up for a fine or something or other that usually happens in this situation.

"I think the on-field ref said we've got to have a look at [Milford's field goal], but sure enough they actually called it. That's the decision made.

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"We're spending a lot of money in areas of our game and we've got to get them right, especially in moments like that. Those games change your season. Those two points are what every team is fighting for. We've got a multi-million dollar system in place and everyone in this room saw it.

"Was it a knock-on or wasn't it a knock-on? You can say that, but I can't because it's around decisions. Make a call. I don't want to have to get charged 10 grand.

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Near thing: Robert Jennings is tackled short of the try line. Near thing: Robert Jennings is tackled short of the try line. Photo: Getty Images

"Can you [then] 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 ... they have to sit in the change room there disappointed because of things that went on out there on the field? Ridiculous."

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett claimed Milford had not lost control of the ball and the player himself was adamant it was a fair catch.

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Floored: Anthony Milford lies injured on the ground as Sam Burgess appeals to the referee. A moment later Milford kicked ... Floored: Anthony Milford lies injured on the ground as Sam Burgess appeals to the referee. A moment later Milford kicked a penalty goal. Photo: Getty Images

Rabbitohs officials will also seek clarity from the NRL over a first-half concussion incident involving Milford, who jumped to his feet to kick a penalty goal after a Sam Burgess hit before being taken off immediately for a Head Injury Assessment.

The call was made on the instruction of the Broncos' medico Dr Peter Hackney, who followed the NRL protocol of making a sideline assessment from vision provided to him when the on-field trainer i…

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