Earlier this week, one of our team wrote a column (Seen it yet? If not, it’s here) detailing how the one rule he’d like to see changed this season is the highly-controversial incident which sees dummy-halves throw the ball at a defender to try and gain a penalty.
More often than not, it works too – as we saw on Thursday night. However, Josh Jones’ incident when he threw the ball at Danny Brough forwards only to get a penalty from James Child sent Twitter into meltdown somewhat. Here’s how the social media community reacted!
First of all, here’s the incident itself:
— RL Banter (@RLBP_) February 16, 2017
Bradford captain Leon Pryce wasn’t impressed:
?????????????? RL wins again! What the hell was that? Throw the ball forward at a player on the floor and get a penalty. What am I watching
— Leon Pryce (@leonpryce6) February 16, 2017
Nor were some other rugby league fans and players:
I can’t believe I’ve just witnessed a professional referee penalising Brough for having a ball thrown forward at him.
— Alex Tyrer Graham (@AlexG6) February 16, 2017
??? what ?? Penalties ??Change this rule please #SLHudSal
— William Barthau (@wilkow66) February 16, 2017
I have to agree with Broughy there, that was “Bull****” ..! #SLHudSal
— Jamie Langley (@JamieLangley13) February 16, 2017
Or our own Aaron Bower, who wrote said column earlier in the week:
The pass from the hooker actually went forward for crying out loud! And he wins a penalty! Embarrassing.
— Aaron Bower (@AaronBower) February 16, 2017
— Matty Hearn (@mattyhearn21) February 16, 2017
RULES FOR SL ’17: #6.
Any player foind on the floor within 5 yards of the play the ball is now legally playing dodgeball. Deal with it.
— OffBeat RL (@BizarreRl) February 16, 2017
But even Ian Watson had to admit afterwards that he wasn’t a fan, according to another of our team, Gareth Walker..
Ian Watson asked about penalty Josh Jones earned throwing ball at Brough. “It was great play! But I hate it. It’s kind of unsportsmanlike.”
— Gareth Walker (@garethwalker13) February 16, 2017