McNamara rues disallowed try

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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England coach Steve McNamara felt his side were wrongly denied a late try as they lost 16-12 to Australia in their Four Nations encounter in Melbourne.

The Kangaroos were clinging to their four-point lead when Leeds winger Ryan Hall attempted to touch the ball down ahead of full-back Greg Inglis following Liam Farrell’s grubber kick to the corner with just 46 seconds left on the clock.

Referee Gerard Sutton handed the decision onto his namesake Bernard, the video official, who ruled that Hall had failed to find downward pressure and moments later Australia were celebrating a face-saving victory in front of a 20,585 crowd at AAMI Park.

But McNamara believes the try should have been awarded and told BBC Two: “I thought it was a try but we probably need to have a lot closer look at that.

“Ryan said he knew he’d touch the ball but he wasn’t 100 per cent sure exactly what the outcome was.

“Looking at it, it looks like his fingers are on the ball when the ball hit the ground so very disappointed.”

Hall admitted he was unsure whether he had scored, adding: “I knew I’d got something on it but I wasn’t sure whether I grounded it or not so I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it because we wanted the ball back at least.

“After it got referred upstairs it was just cross your fingers and hope.

“Someone said that if it was Super League rules that would have been a try but we’re not in Super League are we?

“So we’ve got to win next week to get through into the final.”

Australia captain Cameron Smith admitted there was a sense of relief when the try was not given but he had faith that the on-field official had made the correct decision.

“Given that Gerard Sutton ruled it no try on the field I was pretty confident that it was going to stay that way,” he said.

“We haven’t had too many rulings down here this year where it’s been overturned but I must admit it was pretty close.

“I was looking at the screen at the long end of the field and it looked pretty close from there so I know it’s a tough decision to make.”

Away from the late controversy, both Hall and England captain Sean O’Loughlin praised the team for their performance and McNamara admitted he was crestfallen at the final hooter.

“It’s a tough one to take,” he said. “We threw a lot at Australia, we came to play, we said we’d do that before the game and we certainly did that.

“Agonisingly close at the end.

“I thought we were (the better team), I thought we were in control for large parts of it.

“There was a little spell midway through the second half where we just let Australia get into our end of the field with a couple of penalties and it cost us.”

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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