Cowboys coach fumes at pair of ref blunders
NORTH Queensland coach Paul Green has taken exception to two controversial refereeing decisions that he claims cost his side in their 28-4 NRL loss to the Wests Tigers.
The Cowboys all but bowed out of the finals race after the five-tries-to-one defeat at Leichhardt Oval on Thursday.
But Green was adamant the scoreline wasn't a fair reflection of the game and said his side was cruelled by a pair of key no-try decisions in the first half.
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The Cowboys looked like they had opened the scoring when back-rower Shane Wright crossed but it was called back after Michael Morgan's last pass was deemed forward.
The Tigers then took a commanding 16-0 lead midway through the first 40 minutes but the Cowboys looked as if they had pegged back the score when winger Kyle Feldt went over in the right corner.
However the bunker denied the visitors when they ruled Wright had obstructed Luke Brooks in the lead-up - despite the Cowboys forward hitting the Tigers half on his inside shoulder.
"Early there were a couple of decisions that went against us which I don't necessarily agree with," Green said.
"We've got to move on from those.
"You can't discount it either. It makes a huge difference in the context of the game, we had two tries taken off us in the first half, which were questionable in my opinion.
"That forward pass and that obstruction, that does eat away at your confidence when you're close but not quite there yet."
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With 26 points expected to be the top eight cut-off this year, the Cowboys must now win their five remaining games against Brisbane, Newcastle, Penrith, Canterbury and Melbourne to be any hope of staying alive.
Green said he would consider contacting NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton to express his disappointment about the calls in question.
"I'll have look at it. And if I think it can help, I will," Green said.
"There's been plenty of times that I have contacted him and I don't think too much has changed."