NRL 2022: Trent Robinson blows up in press conference, video, Rabbitohs defeat Roosters, finals fixture

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson was seeing red in his post game presser at one journalist’s question after his team was sent packing on Sunday.

The Roosters fell 30-14 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a sin bin marred contest that resulted in seven players being sent off.

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Robinson took issue with a journalist’s suggestion his own players were laying down for penalties during the gruelling contest.

Roosters star Victor Radley was sent to the sin bin twice on the night while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also spent 10 minutes on the sideline.

The Rabbitohs had four players sent off the field in what was the most ever recorded in a single NRL game.

Despite many fans watching on losing their minds over some of the decisions being made, Robinson had no issue with the job referee Ashley Klein did.

But one question left the fiery coach seeing red in what was a tense back and forth between the pair.

Journalist: Do you think the more players that were penalised or binned, the more players became aware that if they stayed down or if the game stopped there would be an opportunity there for a penalty? Did you see it as a problem today and do you see it as a problem for the rest of the finals?

Robinson: Are you saying on the Roosters side?

Journalist: Nah just in general.

Robinson: Are you saying that the Roosters lied down there.

Journalist: Nah, the game in general. Like a lot of those sin bins were referees getting instruction from the bunker, they weren’t actually called in the play.

Robinson: Yeah sure, but I’m asking, are you saying that the Roosters lied down for penalties in that game?

Journalist: Nah just in general. I can’t remember all of them because there were that many but it felt like they went upstairs a lot.

Robinson: I’ll just say they didn’t lie down for any penalties. I take umbrage to the suggestion that we lied down for penalties, because we didn’t.

Journalist: What about Souths?

Robinson: I don’t have an opinion on theirs. I have an opinion on us and that’s that we won’t do it, it’s not going to happen. You can see I’m passionate about that and that won’t happen and I’d ask you to have a look and say where we did that, just don’t say in general because that didn’t happen from our end.

The result sets up a clash next week for the Rabbitohs against the Cronulla Sharks in Sydney on Saturday.

Braith Anasta asked after the game if all the sin bins were deserving or “did Ashley Klein and the Bunker lose the plot?”

Michael Ennis said he believed the first sin bin was a “love tap”.

He added the first high tackle from Tom Burgess which wound up concussing James Tedesco deserved to be sin binned when it wasn’t.

“Taane Milne had to be sin binned, I didn’t think there was much in the Tatola one, (Jared Waerea-Hargreaves) absolutely, no doubt that was a head slam,” Ennis said.

“I felt Victor Radley did deserve to be when Klein sent both in that melee. I don’t think there’s much in that (the Tatola incident).”

Anasta responded: “There was nothing in that.

“This is the problem, they set the precedent so early with that love tap from Radley that every other player that made contact with the head, like Magic Round, it was ‘see ya later’ straight away.”

Cooper Cronk said he believed there were probably two bins wrong in the game but that it was “a great game”.

Seven’s Luke McGarry tweeted: “Klein cannot ref another game this finals. The bloke is a deadset disgrace.”

WWOS’ Chris De Silva added: “Ashley Klein would’ve definitely sent Hasbulla to the bin as well if he’d lined up for Souths today.”

The Punch Podcast’s Jaben Ryan posted: “We need a minute silence for the pea in Kliens whistle.”

The Daily Telegraph’s Jamie Pandaram commented: “Crazy game, more bins than Bunnings. But Souths were the better team and deserve to advance.”

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