NRL news 2022, bunker Andrew Johns, Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns is fearful NRL officials are unclear on the obstruction rule 12 rounds into the season.

The legendary halfback revisited his criticism of the Bunker following the awarding of a Cameron Munster try on Thursday night, taking aim at its lack of consistency and revealing he fears for State of Origin.

Johns was adamant that Melbourne fullback Nick Meaney had obstructed Manly No.1 Reuben Garrick as Munster sliced through the Sea Eagles defence on the left edge.

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The incident came one week after Johns unloaded on a “laughable” decision to award the Broncos a try despite a clear obstruction.

That incident had experts and fans questioning what the exact rules were on obstruction, given the referee’s explanation was nothing short of baffling.

On Thursday night in Melbourne, Johns couldn’t understand why an obstruction penalty was not blown.

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“I don’t want to sound like a nark, but if they’re going to be consistent, for the last few years that’s a no-try,” Johns said on Nine’s coverage after the Munster try.

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“We’re coming into the biggest period of the year: Origin time. Whether there’s been a change (to obstruction interpretations), I don’t know. But if they’re going to be consistent that’s a no-try.

“That’s a deadset no-try, because Meaney checks the fullback there, Reuben Garrick.”

Game one of the Origin series will take place at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on June 8.

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