Wayne Bennett, Mark Nicholls penalty, South Sydney Rabbitohs v Penrith Panthers, video, press convention

South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has stated he was “dumbfounded” by his Rabbitohs aspect being penalised within the second half of his aspect’s loss to the Panthers.

Mark Nicholls was pinged for being downtown after Souths bought a kick away.

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Penrith had been then awarded a kick in entrance of the posts from 40m which allowed Nathan Cleary to push them forward for the primary time within the recreation.

Stephen Crichton fielded the ball, knocking it on after a brutal front-on sort out by Cameron Murray.

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Grant Atkins bought again to marshal the Penrith defence onside earlier than blowing his whistle.

It appeared the bunker had intervened and Nicholls was “downtown” – that means he was off-side on the time of the kick. As an alternative of pulling up, Nicholls charged downfield to exert stress on Crichton and gathered the ball after his dealing with error.

Bennett, although stated the decision left him shocked.

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“We’re all a bit dumbfounded by that one,” Bennett stated in his post-match press convention.

“I believe it may be (the rule) however as Mark stated he’s executed all of it his profession and so many others have.

“I don’t know the place it got here from.

“No one’s bought any thought in that altering room.

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“No one can consider it – as a result of they’re all responsible of it. It was a giant second within the recreation little question about that.”

Replays confirmed Nicholls was a good-looking distance off-side.

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Atkins defined the ruling to Souths captain Adam Reynolds on the time.

“Mark Nicholls is downtown from the kick and he can’t play an lively half within the play,” Atkins stated.

“He can’t participate within the play. Mark Nicholls has superior downfield earlier than the ball is kicked previous him.

“We name downtown on a regular basis but when he finally ends up enjoying a task within the play – which he did – that’s dangerous luck. He would possibly as effectively wait downfield, that’s the regulation of the sport, you’ve bought to simply accept it.”

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