Jeff Robson of the Sharks is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Jeff Robson of the Sharks is tackled during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Cowboys. Matt King - Getty Images

Cowboys' season ends on a referee blunder

FOR the second straight year, North Queensland's NRL season ended on the back of a shocking refereeing blunder as Cronulla booked a semi-final berth with an enthralling 20-18 win at Allianz Stadium.

With a farcical finish in which Kane Linnett was denied a try, when play continued with the clock stopped on 41 seconds remaining for an entire set, the Cowboys bowed out in heartbreaking fashion as the Sharks booked another sudden-death clash against the loser of Saturday night's Manly-Sydney Roosters clash.

In the same area of the ground as where the Cowboys were dudded in last year's finals when a Kieran Foran knock-on passed muster with the video referee, Beau Ryan scored a try on the seventh tackle.

Sosaia Feki sewed up the win with a try seven minutes from fulltime to end a contest which was never in the bag, but it was a lapse in concentration by referee Matt Cecchin 65 minutes earlier which will remain the main talking point.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au



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