Warriors try disallowed for obstruction in Broncos’ controversial captain’s challenge

The Brisbane Broncos have ridden their luck against the New Zealand Warriors with a massive captain’s challenge taking away a try.

The Broncos were leading 16-12 with 18 minutes remaining with the Warriors attacking after a brilliant 40-20.

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Shifting the ball wide, Isaiah Papali’i ran a decoy but slid into Anthony Milford with the ball shifting quickly behind the play.

The referee called try but the Broncos sent the decision upstairs as a captain’s challenge.

A brilliant call, the Bunker sided with Brisbane, saying Milford was obstructed a

Fox League’s Greg Alexander said he had seen calls discussing whether the quickly shifting ball had meant that the obstructed player wasn’t going to have a role in the play anyway.

“I don’t think Milford shifting out changed anything Boyd was thinking,” he said.

But the decision quickly came down that the Warriors had been advantaged by the obstruction.

“My goodness,” Dan Ginnane said. “What a call – the first successful Broncos captain’s challenge.”

The Warriors still go the ball back with Darius Boyd having been off-side.

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Warriors halfback Blake Green spoke to referee Chris Butler asking for clarification.

“He’s fallen over in the line and it’s been called an obstruction, a disadvantage, but he falls over. Can you explain that to me?”

Butler said: “They can’t be disadvantaged by a player impacting them so they’ve done nothing wrong.”

Alexander said it was a “black and white” rule, when “Milford wasn’t going to get there anyway”.

Ginnane said “It might be close to the best captain’s challenge we’ve seen”.

While the Warriors were denied with a knock on in that set of six, the homesick Warriors hit back dramatically to snatch the win.

But NRL world were quick to savage the call.

That is the most disgraceful decision.

What they hell are we talking about there. That's a try every day day of the week. Now we are finding ways to not give tries and bailing bad decisions out. #NRL

I do not care if that's to the letter of the law… the law needs to be blown up, along with the Bunker…

How to make a terrible game even worse? Get the bunker involved #NRLWarriorsBroncos

That’s a dud call #NRLWarriorsBroncos

Thats BS #nrlwarriorsbroncos

The Warriors made sure it wasn’t going to be the defining moment of their season however with Wayde Egan muscling his way across the line and Ken Maumalo going over in the corner before Papali’i romped over for the win 26-16 victory.

Incredibly, it shows the Broncos’ rock bottom has found even greater depths.

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