The NRL Bunker explains the decision to deny Kerrod Holland a try in the third minute of the Bulldogs clash with the Cowboys in Round 10.
Following an early Brenko Lee line break after he split the Cowboys defence up the middle of the field, the Bulldogs shifted the ball to their right and found winger Kerrod Holland who scored in the corner.
Referee Matt Cecchin sent the try to the bunker and signalled try on field. After reviewing the try, video referee Bernard Sutton over turned the live decision to no try.
“In the third minute of the Bulldogs and Cowboys match, the Bunker was asked to review a potential point scoring play by the Bulldogs,” said Sutton.
“When you look at the replay, you can see that Josh Jackson initiates contact on Ray Thompson who is moving out to try and defend Will Hopoate. Because of the contact created by Josh Jackson, it forces Kane Linnett to come in, which disadvantages the defensive line and therefore the Bunker over turns the live decision to be a penalty for obstruction against the Bulldogs,” added Sutton.
An obstruction penalty against decoy runner Josh Jackson for initiating contact on Ray Thompson was given and cost the Bulldogs a try in just the third minute.