Ryan Carr tirade at referees, Dan Russell no try, Jack de Belin sin bin, hip drop, Dragons vs Sea Eagles, Round 22


A frustrated Dragons coach Ryan Carr launched a stunning tirade at the NRL and the referees over two controversial calls that went against his side in their 24-18 loss to the Sea Eagles.

Dan Russell was denied a crucial try, despite the Bunker saying he got the ball down over the line, while Jack de Belin was sin-binned for the hip drop tackle and Carr was fuming post match.

“Which one do you want me to start on because they both need their time,” Carr said.

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“For the not try the wording that I was given was, he has got the ball down, we just need to figure out if he is over the try line. And the next wording was, Dan Russell is clearly over the try line.

“That is just contradictory to a no-try. That is a big moment that hurts when you are fighting as hard as you can to get a try.

“If the wording was different, like he hasn’t got the ball down or he is not over the try line fair enough, but all the wording added up to it being a try, so I need to figure out why it wasn’t given a try.”

Carr said he would seek clarification from the NRL and the referees, but that will do nothing for the result against Manly.

“100 per cent, but like we are going to talk about the sin-binning next, but me seeking clarification doesn’t help our fans and our members and our players and their families,” Carr said.


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“Like the game is gone now. So I will get clarification. I will seek it. They will give it to me. We were wrong, well it doesn’t help us.

“There is a lot of people putting a lot of time at our club to try and find a win for our fans and members and just themselves and for it to come down to that, the clarification doesn’t help me. It doesn’t help us. It doesn’t help the boys.

“I am sitting in there talking to the team after the game and I can’t give them an explanation.”

Carr was frustrated the game was stopped when de Belin was sin-binned, which gave Manly the ball and a breather when the Dragons had them under the pump.

“De Belin was sin-binned right and the game stopped for nearly two minutes for a guy to get his knee strapped,” Carr said.

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“That’s not the rule. It is play-on. Either leave the field or play on. And in that moment when they made an error on halfway, we lose not only possession and field position, but we lose a man for 10 in the bin.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s absolutely ridiculous and I feel so sorry for my players. I feel sorry for the fans, who have to watch the game. I feel sorry for fans of rugby league in general.

“That was a good game of footy out there and a call like that just has a huge baring and impact on the game.

“I’m not going to sit here and . . . it is my job to stand up for my players and our club and I am going to do it and I’m not going to back down from it because it is ridiculous.”

Carr admitted the calls may not have resulted in a Dragons win if reversed, but believes his side deserved better.

“I am not going to sit here and say, it’s OK I will ask the NRL about it or I will seek clarification,” Carr said.

“It’s seriously ridiculous. Last week Junior Amone got hip dropped by John Bateman and no penalty, it didn’t come back by the Bunker and he got charged after the game.

“The contradiction in that alone is ridiculous.

“I’m sorry I am ranting but I just feel so sorry for everyone involved in our club and everyone who is invested in it because it doesn’t deserve to come down to that.

“I’m not saying we win the game if he doesn’t get sin-binned but we shouldn’t have to go through 12 men for 10 minutes and then try and find a way to win it in the last minute. We shouldn’t have to.”

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