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Sheens eyes refs after Wests Tigers loss

By Steve Jancetic 23/05/2009 04:24:25 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens will seek an official explanation from NRL referees boss Robert Finch, claiming his side copped a raw deal from the whistleblowers in their 20-18 loss to Brisbane on Friday night.

Sheens was livid after the game at the performance of Ben Cummins and Jared Maxwell, particularly the decision to sin bin acting skipper Benji Marshall late in the game with the Tigers pushing hard for victory.

Marshall was binned by Maxwell on the back of five straight penalties against the home side, Sheens claiming the Tigers had been victimised after both sides had been given a warning in the first half after the Broncos had conceded four straight infringements.

Asked if Marshall's 10-minute stint on the sidelines was harsh, Sheens said: "It is if it's a combined group, both sides are warned, it is for one side to cop."

As for the general performance of the referees, which included a contentious video ref decision right on halftime which denied the Tigers fullback Tim Moltzen a try due to an illegal strip for what would have been a 20-8 lead at the break, Sheens said: "The crowd booed them and so did I.

"I'll make it (my complaints) official."

Sheens did little to hide his anger as the Tigers slumped to their third consecutive loss - all by a margin of two points or less - but his Broncos counterpart Ivan Henjak was also less than enamoured after his side let the Tigers back into the contest after scoring two tries inside the opening 13 minutes.

"That's the best thing about it, we got the two points - that's about all I can say about it," said Henjak, who claimed the need for a defensive stand late in the game to save the game was self-inflicted.

"They had to do something in the game, they wanted to keep turning the ball over or inviting the Tigers in so we had to defend it.

"We had a good start, there was no need for us to get into the scrap that we did after that, we just needed to keep being patient and disciplined and that certainly went out the window after 12 minutes.

"We can't afford to do what we did tonight against the Storm (in round 13) because they will put us away."

Tigers duo John Morris and Todd Payten were both put on report for high tackles, though neither is likely to be charged by the match review committee.

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