The Broncos protest the referees call in sin binning Matt Gillett. Image: Channel 9
The Broncos protest the referees call in sin binning Matt Gillett. Image: Channel 9

What a clanger: Matt Gillett sent to sin bin

BRISBANE second-rower Matt Gillett said referee Ben Cummins apologised for mistakenly sending him to the sin bin at a crucial stage of the sudden death match with St George Illawarra.

With Brisbane leading 24-4 with 25 to go at Suncorp Stadium, the odds of a refereeing decision influencing the clash looked rather long.

But never underestimate rugby league's capacity to conjure controversy from thin air.

After a 40-metre Dragons break, Gillett was bizarrely sent to the sin bin for making a tackle from an offside position.

"How? How? How?" centre Jack Reed stormed when referee Ben Cummins made the decision. After such a long incursion, isn't every defender onside?

Gillett later told Channel Nine: "When I came back on, the ref said sorry to me so he obviously didn't know what happened."

Murphy's Law eventually, mercifully, gave way to poetic justice.

Gillett, after returning to the field, crashed over and Corey Parker restored an eight-point margin. 

Nine commentator Phil Gould was among those outraged, calling Cummins's decision "the greatest clanger I've ever seen".

More on this at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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