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Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett has revealed he will be waiting for NRL football boss Graham Annesley to admit referee Adam Gee made the wrong decision after a controversial golden point finish on Saturday night.

Early in overtime, Jamayne Isaako kicked what appeared to be a game-winning field goal.

However, the on-field referee ruled that forward Max Plath had obstructed Raiders players attempting to knock down Isaako’s kick.


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Then, in the final five minutes of the game, Jordan Rapana kicked a field goal to seal his team’s victory, but referee Gee was once again forced to make an important decision.

Jeremy Marshall-King put his hands on Rapana’s kick but pleaded with the referee, claiming he was obstructed in his path to the kicker.

However, the Bunker cleared the Canberra players of any wrongdoing and Bennett made his opinion of the decision clear in the post-match press conference.

“Well, we have to wait for Monday (when) Graham Annelsey gives his report on the mistakes they made,” he said.

“Nothing will change. I accept that. But my players deserve answers.

“Two players were eliminated tonight, without reports or sanctions. “They both had their heads held high and both had to leave the field.”

“I can’t answer those questions (about refereeing).

“They took a look at a couple of things out there but they didn’t change their mind.

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“On both occasions the doctor sent them because they were hit in the head.”

When pressed further about the officiating decisions, Bennett said: “Nothing is going to change…nothing I can do now.”

Meanwhile, captain Jesse Bromwich suffered what initially appeared to be a pectoral injury. However, Jake Duke of Fox League later revealed that he had injured his ribs.

Even Bennett was confused regarding the injury to his key prop and said the club will wait for scans of the injury blow.

“We’re just not sure if he hurt his chest. “We’re not sure how bad it is or what’s going on there,” Bennett said.

‘I don’t know, the doctors aren’t sure. “They will do scans for us.”

“That’s football, that’s what we do.”

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