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Penrith unlikely to recover NRL points

25/03/2009 07:45:08 PM Comments (0)

Penrith have made a belated appeal to the NRL to be awarded the two competition points stripped from the Bulldogs, but their pleas look set to fall on deaf ears.

The Panthers claim the NRL has already admitted that the result was impacted by the Bulldogs fielding an extra player when they scored the match-winning try, by way of the governing body docking the Dogs the two points they earned with the 28-26 victory at CUA Stadium.

The Bulldogs have until next week to appeal the NRL's decision, but the chances of either them getting ahold of the points appear slim.

"The problem that the Panthers have is that the NRL has not overturned the result of the game but simply notified the Bulldogs of our intention to penalise them two competition points for breaching the NRL rules," NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said.

"There are no precedents in the NRL for the losing team to be allocated the points in similar circumstances."

A video review of the match showed the Bulldogs had 14 players on the field when Ben Roberts scored in the 78th minute to lock the game up, Hazem El Masri booting the conversion to make it two wins from as many games for last year's wooden spooners.

Having initially left the field when Roberts came on, skipper Andrew Ryan was allegedly called back onto the field by a Bulldogs trainer who believed Ryan was not the player intended to be replaced.

The Bulldogs then had 14 players on the field until Greg Eastwood joined the interchange bench after the Roberts try.

Panthers coach Matthew Elliott said there was little doubt the extra player changed the result of the game.

"Our application is in support of the NRL's findings," Elliott said.

"If the video ref had been consulted and he knew there were 14 players on the field, what would have been the result? I'd say we would have got a penalty.

"If we kick the ball into touch from the penalty, two plays later the game would have been over.

"What we're saying is if you can go to the video ref two minutes after the game's finished, why can't you do it four days after the game's finished? What's the difference?"

The Bulldogs have until next week to lodge their appeal to retain the two points, with their submission set to be based on the punishment being excessive.

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