NRL 2019: TAB to refund punters after controversial Warriors defeat

The TAB has announced it will refund  $44,000 worth of bets on the NZ Warriors after their controversial 24-22 loss to the Parramatta Eels.

The Warriors were denied what would have been a spectacular match-winning try in the 77th minute after the referees ruled Roger Tuiavsa-Sheck's flick pass was ruled to have gone forward, although it came out of his hand backwards, making it a legal pass. 

On top of that, the Warriors were on the wrong side of a 9-2 penalty count.  

"A disgraceful officiating decision has denied the NZ Warriors a thoroughly deserved victory against the Parramatta Eels," the TAB said in a statement.

"Usually it would be 'Bets Gone Warriors', but not this time. We have refunded all head-to-head bets placed on the Warriors in this game."

If the Warriors had won, they would have climbed inside the NRL's top eight - instead they're 12th, with six games remaining in the regular season.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney was angry and furious after the match. 

"You can tell I'm frustrated with it all," the coach said. "I thought in the back of mind that it was going to start costing clubs, and I don't think this is the end of it. I think some calls will cost clubs in the end given how tight the contest is.

"We've been dealing with it for a while and we will keep dealing with it. We have to own our performance, I thought we had enough opportunities to get a result.

"I just thought it was very ordinary. In essence we could've been better in certain areas, there's no doubt about it. I won't hide from the fact we need to be better and we could've done things a bit better but goodness our roles were made really hard tonight."