Golden point pause was opportunity lost

IVAN Cleary admits the Panthers’ inability to put the sword to their opposition is occurring all too often.
Nanjing Night Net

After the Panthers relinquished an 18-6 lead to fall 19-18 in extra time to the Eels last weekend, the Panthers’ head coach conceded the game was yet another “one that got away”.

“Actually, you can add that to a pretty long list this year,” he said.

“A little soft period and all of a sudden it’s 18-12 and they’re coming at you and we’re doing a bit of clock watching and before we knew it, it was game on.

“I guess we’ve just got to put it down to a lesson, another lesson and a tough one too.

“But one you’ve got to learn and make sure we get it right the next time.”

Venting frustration at the refereeing during extra time, Cleary said he believed the referees “just stopped”.

“The only thing they actually adjudicated on that whole golden point, the only decision they gave, was a forward pass against us, which I don’t think was forward,” Cleary said.

“There was one play in particular when Jarryd Hayne lost the ball on the play the ball and then everyone stood around waiting to see what the refs were going to do — and they didn’t do anything.

“It was play on.

“That one play says to me that the referees are absolutely not going to do anything in golden point which means it’s not a game any more, it’s a lottery.”

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