The experienced touch judge who missed Tim Lafai's escort on Manly winger Reuben Garrick in the final minute of the Sea Eagles' loss to St George Illawarra has been dropped.
The NRL's head of football Graham Annesley defended the rule yesterday, after Manly coach Des Hasler claimed that no-one understood the escort law.
"The laws of the game don't allow any player to deliberately obstruct any player who is not in possession."
"If they have their backs to the attacking players coming behind them and they are looking at the ball ... that is the judgement call referees have to make."
"When you see someone move towards another attacking player, stop and brace and know there is going to be a collision. That's an obstruction."