South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has said he was “dumbfounded” by his Rabbitohs side being penalised in the second half of his side’s loss to the Panthers.
Mark Nicholls was pinged for being downtown after Souths got a kick away.
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Penrith were then awarded a kick in front of the posts from 40m which allowed Nathan Cleary to push them ahead for the first time in the game.
Stephen Crichton fielded the ball, knocking it on after a brutal front-on tackle by Cameron Murray.
Grant Atkins got back to marshal the Penrith defence onside before blowing his whistle.
It appeared the bunker had intervened and Nicholls was “downtown” – meaning he was off-side at the time of the kick….