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Brett Kimmorley has told Wests Tigers players to move on from the heartbreak of last week's controversial loss as club bosses continue to fight for the two points.

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Five days after the Tigers' controversial 27-26 loss to North Queensland in Townsville, Tigers officials were still waiting on a report into the dying seconds of the match.

The furore around the last-second defeat has largely been taken over by the Manly jersey controversy in the time since, with the issue disappearing from the headlines and public discussion.

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But Tigers bosses have not forgotten.

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis still hopes to meet with ARL Commission counterpart Peter V'landys next week, as he continues to explore legal options on the result.

Primarily, the Tigers are still questioning if the Cowboys' last-second review of a non-escort call should have been allowed under the rules of the game, with the NRL insistent it was permissible despite not being written in the rule book.

The Tigers are also still questioning the use of the short whistle and if the game should have already been over, with the NRL's football department adamant it is common practice in every match before fulltime is blown.

"We have said we want to be completely transparent and open with (the NRL's bosses)," Hagipantelis told AAP.

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"This is not their doing. This arose entirely as a result of a misapplication and misunderstanding of the rules.

"But it is incumbent on them to intervene, voluntarily or involuntarily and correct what is obviously an injustice."


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Reminded that an overturned result could prompt a Pandora's Box situation for the NRL, Hagipantelis said that was not necessarily a bad thing.

"Is it a dangerous precedent? No it's a precedent, but why is it dangerous?" Hagipantelis said.

"If something like that occurs again and there is precedent for the NRL to fix it, then fix it.

"The AFL did it (in 2006 when a goal was scored after a siren), they put their big boy pants on, they did it.

"It will be interesting to see how much appetite there is for it."

Kimmorley meanwhile said the Tigers had challenged themselves to stay positive after the loss in a desperate bid to avoid the first wooden spoon in the joint-venture's history.

"It was heartbreaking at the end but we can't change that now. We've had a really good week," he said.

"Players can get over disappointment very quickly if something good has happened.

"It was a really good performance from the side last week. We've been improving week in week out for the last few weeks.

"The focus has been on how we can continue to move forward and get better and better again."

Kimmorley said he was concerning himself with Saturday's match against top-four hopefuls Brisbane, not on the Tigers' legal fight.

"It's not my job to know, not my job to care about," he said.

"My job is to coach the side and get them ready for the Brisbane Broncos."

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