Referees boss Tony Archer has backed the NRL bunker's call to award Penrith's Tyrone Peachey a crucial try in Saturday night's elimination final 22-10 win over Manly.
In an explanation that is unlikely to appease furious Manly coach Trent Barrett, Archer insisted the bunker was right to stick with the on-field call of try in the crucial 74th minute call.
Barrett was livid after Peachey was awarded a try to break a 10-10 deadlock at Allianz Stadium, after the ball ricocheted into his chest and leg before he scored.
There was a suggestion the ball could have brushed Peachey's hand on the way from chest to knee, however the bunker was unable to find sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field call of try.
Barrett demanded Archer and the match officials personally explain the decision to the Manly players in the sheds after the match, before Archer's video appeared.
"It is important to note that the live decision on-field is try," Archer said.
"After reviewing all the available angles of the incident, you can see that the ball definitely comes off the leg of Peachey, and there is insufficient evidence to determine if the ball touches the hand of Tyrone Peachey.
"As a result the live decision was confirmed and the try was awarded."
However Archer's explanation is only likely to further infuriate Barrett.
The Sea Eagles coach became the latest to question the requirement of the on-field referee to make a live decision of try or no-try when referring a call to the bunker, meaning conclusive evidence must be found to overturn it.
"The referee is better off putting his hand in the air saying he has no idea, so let's have a look at it. Rather than influence the decision of the bunker with a no try or try.
"It's cost us our year. Take nothing away from Penrith they played well. But I hope that a grand final is not decided like that. That would be a bloody shame."
Barrett was also angry the bunker found enough evidence to overturn a Dylan Walker try in the 48th minute, when he was ruled not to have both his feet behind kicker Blake Green.
Regardless, Manly still had themselves to blame for the loss. Akuila Uate fumbled a kick to blow a try in the second half, while Penrith's opening four-pointer came after the Sea Eagles gave away a piggybacking penalty from a scuffle.