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Cleary: "I feel for everyone tonight"

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary said while he believes the controversial penalty against his side was incorrect, it doesn't take away from the resilience shown from the home side throughout the match.

Locked at 7-7 in Golden Point, referee Ashley Klein stunned the vocal crowd at Campbelltown with a penalty against Robbie Rochow — handing the Broncos a simple shot at goal to win the match.

The disappointment was evident from both Cleary and co-captain Russell Packer, who echoed the other's sentiments regarding the penalty decision but also the sluggish performance from the home side.

"I feel for the boys and feel for the crowd," Cleary enthused post-game. "I feel for everyone.

"I don't think it's a penalty. It's not about getting a penalty in Golden Point, which historically you don't, but even if it wasn't in Golden Point, I still don't think it's a penalty.

"We all make mistakes, but that was a big one tonight.

"We didn't play well enough regardless, but it's still hard to take," he added.

"I thought there were some really good signs in terms of building a foundation and the way we defended.

"We didn't concede a try, but we just couldn't quite get in to a rhythm all night.

"There was too many errors at the wrong time, and we need to do that better.

"But I do think a draw would have been a fair result, but not tonight."


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