NRL 'happy' with controversial no-try call against Warriors in Gold Coast Titans loss

NRL head of football Graham Annesley has no issues with Warriors forward Jack Hetherington's controversial disallowed try during the loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Friday.

Hetherington seemed to have given his side a 10-point lead with a handy conversion to come, when he chased down an errant pass to score his first NRL try. 

But the bunker overturned the referee's decision, ruling Hetherington had pushed Titans halfback Jamal Fogarty, before pouncing on the loose Bryce Cartwright pass that had bobbled into the in-goal area.

If the try had been awarded, the Warriors could have extended their lead to 18-6 in a game they ultimately lost 16-12.

The decision was slammed on both sides of the Tasman, but Annesley believes the call was marginal either way.

"There are arguments both ways on this one," Annesley says, addressing the decision as part of his weekly review.

"I don't like to sit on the fence with these things, but I think anyone viewing that would say that could've gone either way.

"Is there contact between the two of them when Fogarty hasn't got the ball? Yes, there is.

"Did he have time to pull away earlier? I don't know.

"I would've been happy if it was a try, but I can equally understand why they felt the interference impacted Fogarty's opportunity to get to that ball."

"Big call," said Warriors coach Todd Payten after the match. "I don't know what other alternatives he had there.

"No, I didn't agree with it, but if I was on the flip side of that, in the other box, of course I agree with it."

In other reviewed decisions, Annesley admits the sin-binning of Raiders winger Bailey Simonsson for an alleged professional foul on the Storm's Josh Addo-Carr was the wrong call.