A furious Trent Robinson has blasted leading referee Ben Cummins following his side’s 11-2 hammering in the penalty count in the Roosters 8-0 loss to Manly on Friday night.
Robinson labelled Cummins’ performance as “unacceptable”. Cummins was assisted by Gavin Reynolds.
“It was unacceptable from Ben Cummins,” Robinson said. “There were so many instances in that game. Boyd Cordner gets called for third man in – pocket ref says OK. He has talked to Jamie Buhrer about being offside on the first tackle of the scrum on two occasions – well penalise it.
“Mitchell Pearce gets hit high off a kick – that’s a penalty. These are very simple rules.
“You can’t have a game 11-2 against us and have those infractions in the game.
"They need to give a good explanation as to why that was the case.
“They worked against each other.
“I’m happy with different rulings, but I can’t answer why we aren’t receiving penalties.”
Robinson backed the video referees' decision to deny Daniel Tupou a try that may had drawn the scores level inside the final 10 minutes. Mitchell Pearce was ruled to have run behind a decoy runner, obstructing the defenders.
““We don’t lie down,” Robinson said. “We don’t lie down, we don’t play for penalties.
“We might be wrong, but that’s our ethic. We don’t play for penalties.
“We openly talk about it. We are not going to lie down. We are going to stand up and keep fighting. We will let the footy gods decide. It’s not in the spirit of the game.”
Despite the loss, Robinson described the match as the Roosters best defensive effort of this season.
Meanwhile, Robinson anticipated prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves wouldn’t have a case to answer despite being placed on report for his shoulder coming into contact with Glenn Stewart’s head. The blow left Stewart concussed and unable to return to the field.
“It wasn’t even close to a shoulder charge,” Robinson said. ““It was in the right timing and it was unfortunate that Glenn couldn’t come back but it was in the motion [of a tackle].”