MENDI Muruks team manager Wallen Molsi said during the week that his side had
been hard done by in their 24-16 loss to the Agmark Gurias last Sunday.
Molsi was critical of referee Levi Anui’s performance.
He alleged that Ainui brought disrepute into the game when the Muruks were leading after the
first half of the match.
“There was bias in the match. We are not making excuses because we lost,” Molsi said during the week.
“We were leading 12-10 at half time and just five minutes into second half we scored another try
through Ape Nande to lead 16-10 and that’s where everything started going
“We were given unnecessary consecutive penalties and to add on to
that, the referee, from word on the ground, was a reserve grade referee who
disallowed three clear runaway tries in the second half,” Molsie
Molsie questioned why the Digicel Cup was allowing home side referees
to officiate matches when it was coming to a time when teams were desparately
fighting for every point and any percieved advantage a hosting side had,
especially with match officials, needed to be avoided.
“Why is PNGNRL
allowing homes side match officials to officiate matches when most of the teams
are close together on points? They should have neutral referees,” Molsi
Molsie alleged that the match was won by the referee and made calls to
the PNGNRL executives to clean up their act.
Molsi said the Papua New Guinea
National Rugby League, the body that runs the Digicel Cup competition, had to
sort out the travel arrangements for teams after the Muruks were subjected to a
series of connecting flights and road trips just to get from Mendi to Kokopo –
and all in the space of a day.
They travelled by road from Mendi to Hagen, then by plane to Goroka, then road again to Lae, then flew to Hoskins, before connecting to Tokua Airport, East New Britain.
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