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tackle try in finals win over North Queensland
The NRL says it cannot apologise enough for the "human error" that saw Cronulla awarded a seven tackle try in its 20 18 win over North Queensland in their elimination final.
Bean Ryan scored the Sharks' opening try in the eighth minute at Sydney Football Stadium but replays later showed it was awarded on the seventh tackle by referees Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara.
The decision proved crucial to the outcome of the match, with the Cowboys departing the finals series for a second consecutive year amid a refereeing controversy.
The NRL admitted at half time all six match officials had made a mistake and it was announced immediately after the match an inquiry would be held.
NRL referees coach Daniel coach outlet official website Anderson says there was coach outlet online store authentic no excuse as to why the incident occurred when the two video referees and touch judges also share the responsibility to correctly count the tackles.
"We've got six or seven people that count the tackle count in every game and all the fail safes failed at the same time," he told Grandstand.
"That's the most disappointing aspect of it, it is not a single error. It's a whole match official crew who can hold their hand up and admit we let down our rugby league public at that moment."
The Cowboys had lost possession near the Sharks' line following a Robert Lui grubber kick in the build up to Ryan's try.
We've got six or seven people that count the tackle count in every game and all the fail safes failed at the same time.
Anderson says he made the decision to inform Cecchin coach purse outlet store online and Perenara at half time instead of waiting until after the final whistle.
He says they were "shattered" and "gutted" and their performance in the second half reflected their disappointment.
"They (refs) were rattled, let's not be naive about it," Anderson said.
"They knew about it at half time and they were very disappointed. They had to compose and gather themselves to do justice for the rest of the game."
Moment of controversy . Beau Ryan's opening try was scored on the seventh tackle. (AAP: Renee McKay)
Cowboys coach Neil Henry says the match officials need to be held accountable for the mistake.
"No one goes out deliberately to get the tackle count wrong," he said.
I just think with the number of officials you've got these things shouldn't happen.
Henry, who received an apology from NRL chief executive David Smith, says he chose not to tell his players about the mistake until after full time.
"It happened, coach purses factory outlet there was no real point on dwelling on that in the change rooms [at half time] but we discussed it later," he said.
"At the end of the day it is done and dusted."
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan insists there was nothing sinister in the decision, saying the referees never set out to award his side a try in dubious circumstances.
"We've been the beneficiary here, we just need to move on and if it takes away a bit of limelight from our end, coach diaper bags outlet I can't do anything about that.".
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