Am I alone in wondering how Mannering could have been ruled to have caused obstruction to a defender he was around 5 metres away from and made no contact with, the defender was around 10 metres away from the ball carrier, and 15 metres away from the Warrior who recieved the pass. There's not a player alive or dead or yet to be born who could have had a legitimate chance at making a tackle there.
On Friday night, the Cowboys had a try disallowed for obstruction... a technicality that had Thurston telling the ref that surely common sense needs to be used in these decisions. After the call against Mannering, I'm begging for any kind of sense to be used. They say that these matters have to be black or white, but if you must apply a colour to these two decisions, it'd have to be brown.
Same thing happened to the Storm against us. I don't even know if it's possible to time the sweeps so you are outside the lead runner.
On top of this I had a question about "Round the back plays" where the receiver is well inside the person with the ball. It's still deception so why isn't that punished.
Ruling on moves like these with a Black and White interpretation actually diminishes the product by not allowing legitimate plays to unfold