In a recent defeat to the Raiders, Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens was critical of NRL referees yet again, as he claimed that numerous errors affected their game. After the Tigers‘ defeat with a 22-18 score, Sheens hinted at reaching out to the NRL refereeing head, which, he noted with grim determination, is becoming a weekly routine.
Sheens was adamant that the Raiders had scored two illegitimate tries from forward passes, which threatens the Tigers‘ position after two successive wooden spoons. Jack Wighton was responsible for both passes, the first resulting in Canberra’s opening try, which could have gone either way, but the second pass was an overt misstep that left the commentary team baffled.
In the latter part of the game, Wighton’s egregious pass didn’t attract the attention of the touch judge who had an unobstructed view of the action. The pass travelled forward and bounced further in the same direction, until Kris pounced on it, darted 60 metres and scored a spectacular solo try.
Sheens spoke about his disappointment with several of the decisions, sarcastically praising Ricky’s coaching that didn’t offer a single extra set of six to his team, according to the Tigers‘ statistician. He expressed frustration over what he considered a forward pass in the first try, stating that he was unhappy with multiple decisions and planned to discuss these issues with the referees, reiterating his unfortunate weekly habit.
Sheens accepted their defeat, acknowledging that while the game didn’t favour them, they were still in the hunt for the win right until the last set, but unfortunately missed the chance. He highlighted some issues, yet maintained that he was satisfied with his team’s efforts and the well-executed tries, despite their misfortune.
Despite nine sequential losses, Sheens remains confident about his team’s ongoing progress. He reiterated the fact that his team was in contention for the win, an opportunity they didn’t seize, despite their consistent competitiveness every week. He submitted that though the game didn’t play in their favour, he was content with the team’s performance and the tries they scored, despite their fair share of bad luck.