TIGERS coach Tim Sheens felt ”hard done by” last night after his side found themselves on the wrong end of a number of dubious refereeing in their one-point loss to the Bulldogs.
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Not that Des Hasler had any sympathy for him, complaining about the 7-2 penalty count against his side.

While Sheens was proud of his side’s effort against the competition frontrunners, he conceded he wasn’t impressed with the match officials, particularly video referee Sean Hampstead’s decision to award Jonathan Wright a try despite strong protests for an obstruction by Josh Morris on Blake Ayshford.

”There’s obviously going to be some discussion about it but I’d rather talk to [Bill] Harrigan and [Stuart] Raper about it,” he said.

”The same thing happened in State of Origin. There are some grey areas there that need to be addressed, I suppose.

”[Robbie] sat down in one at the other end because he [would’ve ran around his own player]. You can’t run around [a player] and take advantage of it. I know it was an unusual one, but [Pritchard] ran around the lead runner, and took advantage of it. We’ll wait and see what the referees’ coordinators come up with.”

Hasler disagreed, arguing his side were playing to the rules.

”Read the rules, my friend,” he said when asked about the try. ”All the key indicators were met. Do you understand what I mean? All the indicators were met, you should know what they are. It’s a try.”

Farah took aim at on-field official Ben Cummins following the decision, saying: ”Since rugby league was created, you can’t run around your own player – it’s a shepherd.”

The Tigers captain, who was battered and bruised following the gruelling 89-minute encounter, refrained from his post-match media conference commitments in fear of unloading on the referees.

He was also filthy about Hampstead’s decision not to award him a try in the 50th minute, ruling he’d been held up in the Ben Barba tackle, despite Farah saying he was ”1000 per cent” certain he’d grounded the ball which would’ve seen the Tigers take a 16-12 lead.

While obviously frustrated by what could have been, Sheens, who again reinforced his stance against golden point extra time, opted to take the positives out of the one-point loss that saw the Bulldogs stretch their winning streak to 12 matches.

”The effort was there – we asked for the effort and we worked hard this week in a short week to get the effort … and it was there” he said.

”It was a tough game and we probably blew a couple of chances in the first half, but the effort was there. We had our chance to win it a couple of times but we didn’t hit the field goal well. I’m not going to sit here and whinge about it because I know it’s not going to get me anywhere. I’m not going to cost the club any money, and it’s not going to change things either. But people would agree we were pretty hard done by, I think.”

While the loss has already come at a huge price for the eighth-placed Tigers, it may get even worse today after the results of the scans to their injured players are released.

Beau Ryan and Tim Moltzen are among the biggest concerns.

”We’ve got a couple of issues, but I’ll wait for the doctors report tomorrow,” Sheens said.

“But we haven’t come out of it unscathed. At this stage, there’s ice on every player in there.”

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