15 Sep 2012

Controversy mars Manly victory

4:41 pm on 15 September 2012

North Queensland coach Neil Henry has accused National Rugby League referees of not being up to the standard the competition deserves after his side went down 22-12 to champions Manly in the semi final.

With the scores locked at 12-12, the Sea Eagles scored two contentious second-half tries to win the game and book a clash with the Storm in Melbourne for a place in the grand final.

Henry and his skipper Johnathan Thurston were livid after the game, following the decisions to award the tries to Jorge Taufua and Michael Oldfield.

Both were given the benefit-of-the-doubt by video referees Paul Simpkins and Steve Clark, with the Cowboys claiming Taufua made a double movement before touching down.

But the decision to give Oldfield's try left the visitors feeling robbed after Kiwis international Kieran Foran appeared to knock the ball forward from a Daly Cherry-Evans kick, allowing Jamie Lyon to bundle the ball towards Oldfield.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey admitted his side got the rub of the green in the second half and sympathised with Henry.