'That is garbage': Bunker shocker helps Cowboys break Tigers hearts with controversial penalty after siren
The bunker is under fire yet again with many fans wanting to set it ablaze after North Queensland survived to sink the Wests Tigers 27-26 with a penalty goal after the siren in the most controversial finish of 2022. With seconds remaining, the last-placed Tigers looked to have produced the boilover of the season when they scored twice to lead the Cowboys 26-25 in a cliffhanger at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Richmond has kept its hopes of another flag alive with a stunning comeback win over the Brisbane Lions.
After trailing by as many as 42 points in the second quarter, and by 36 at the main break, the Tigers stormed home to secure a 15.14 (104) to 14.13 (97) win.
It was Brisbane's 11th consecutive loss at the MCG, a troubling statistic which could hurt the Lions during the finals series, and maybe even on grand final day.
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A blistering third quarter saw Richmond whittle the lead down to within two goals, before Daniel Rioli's 50-metre effort put the Tigers in front for the first time, as the clock ticked down into the final 10 minutes.
Tigers threaten legal action after Bunker shocker but NRL claims Cowboys challenge was legit
Wests Tigers chair Lee Hagipantelis is so furious over the bunker blunder which robbed his team of victory against the Cowboys that he has not ruled out legal action. The Tigers boss spoke to ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo on Sunday night in the wake of the controversial last-second call from Ashley Klein which gifted the Cowboys a penalty goal to win 27-26 in Townsville. Hagipentalis, the principal of Brydens Lawyers, has not ruled out legal action and told the league chiefs the Tigers were “considering all options” as he voiced his objections in the strongest possible terms.
The teams exchanged behinds after a Lions goal was disallowed, before Tom Lynch's fourth major of the afternoon sealed the deal. © Getty Tom Lynch and Shane Edwards celebrate during Richmond's huge comeback.
Noah Cumberland had five majors, a fitting redemption arc for the forward after his blunder on the siren last week resulted in Richmond's game against Fremantle ending in a draw.
The win puts Richmond in ninth place, just half a win behind St Kilda for the last finals spot, and the Tigers will face Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Essendon in their final three games - all of whom are out of finals contention.
Brisbane had a chance to go as high as second on the ladder with a win, but remains in fifth spot by virtue of an inferior percentage to the Swans, with both teams on 13 wins.
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Tigers ditch appeal over Cowboys NRL loss .
The NRL says it will clarify interpretations surrounding what can and can't be challenged after the Wests Tigers' controversial loss to North Queensland.The Tigers still maintain the Cowboys didn't have the right to challenge a play late in the game that allowed a match-winning penalty to be awarded.