24 Mar 2010

Touch judge demoted after missed forward pass

7:33 am on 24 March 2010

National Rugby League official Gavin Reynolds has borne the brunt of the blame for the missed forward pass in Manly's loss to Parramatta at the weekend after being demoted to the under 20s competition this weekend.

The touch-judge has been axed following the extraordinary gaffe which allowed Joel Reddy's 74th-minute try to stand despite an obvious forward pass from Kris Keating in the lead-up.

The try was part of a dramatic Eels fight-back, as the home side recovered from 20-nil down to beat Manly 24-20 at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

The other three members of Sunday's officiating crew - referees Shayne Hayne, Brett Suttor and sideline official Jeff Younis - were all retained, with the trio to again work alongside each other in Monday night's Cronulla-South Sydney clash at Shark Park.