Raiders Dragons finish, Matt Feagai, Corey Harawira-Naera, penalty, no call, referee Andrew Gee, Round 22, Round 16

Rugby league has a funny way of balancing itself.

The Dragons and Raiders have now picked up wins against each other this season in controversially “almost identical” fashion.

Canberra were leading 24-22 on Sunday afternoon when St George Illawarra winger Matt Feagai broke from 70 yards with just 10 seconds left in the game.

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Feagai was tackled 15 yards from the Raiders line when Corey Harawira-Naera lay on top of him as time expired.

“They’re told to get up, the penalty is getting ready, but the ref (Adam Gee) says that’ll be enough for us, oh it’s almost identical,” Brenton Speed ​​said on Fox League.

“Round 16 upside down again. The Dragons think ‘where is our penalty’ which the Raiders didn’t get in Wollongong but Adam Gee says it’s full time and Canberra’s season is still on and the Dragons are over.

In July, the Raiders were denied a penalty-scoring opportunity to send their clash with the Dragons to the golden point.

Canberra had the ball in front of the goal posts on the fifth tackle, when Ben Hunt and Jack Bird intentionally slowed ball play.

The Raiders were again given a six before Hunt charged from the market to tackle half-model Tom Starling – a play that NRL chief footballer Graham Annesley later admitted should have been awarded a penalty.

Annesley also admitted that a penalty could have been awarded for the flop and an offside call before the fifth tackle.

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The scenes reversed on Sunday afternoon as a stunned Dragons coach, Anthony Griffin, watched in disbelief.

“He should have been penalized at the very least for professional misconduct,” Braith Anasta said on Fox League.

“There was only one last push from (Harawira-Naera) because as Feagai got tackled, time was running out…but there was a little push,” Greg Alexander said.

“It’s amazing that both teams have won games under very similar circumstances.”

But speaking at the post-match press conference, Griffin wasn’t too upset about what happened – he even admitted it was ‘a bit ironic’ given what happened. was passed in round 16.

When asked if he found the ending frustrating, Griffin replied, “No, it’s probably a bit ironic compared to the first game.

“We just ran out of time, it was a fantastic line break at this point in the game and the captain did everything he could with his kicking game to get us into position on the pitch and put Matty away. “, he added.

“We just needed one more game, but that’s how the world works.”

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