6 Mar 2012

Ref's blunder damaging to financially stricken Sharks

1:24 pm on 6 March 2012

The Cronulla league coach Shane Flanagan claims referee Jared Maxwell's blunder in last Sunday's loss to Wests Tigers has caused immeasurable damage to his financially-stricken NRL club.

Maxwell and touch judge Jason Walsh have both been stood down by referees' coach Bill Harrigan for their error in extra time which denied the Sharks an opportunity to win the game.

Wests were incorrectly awarded a penalty after Cronulla's Todd Carney's attempted field goal was charged down, and soon after Wests Kiwi star Benji Marshall won the match with a field goal.

Cronulla's coach Flanagan said he couldn't put a dollar figure on the cost of the decision to his club, who are still without a major sponsor and under enormous financial pressure.