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Matt Lodge ‘confessed that he took a dive’ to get controversial penalty in win over Canberra 

Matt Lodge ‘confessed that he took a dive’ to get controversial penalty that paved way for Warriors’ win over Canberra in gutless play slammed by NRL legends

  • Warriors prop was slammed for milking penalty with Raiders leading 20-18 
  • His team got a penalty in front of the posts with two minutes left as a result 
  • That took the game into golden point and the Warriors won with a field goal 

Matt Lodge owned up to breaking one of the cornerstones of rugby league’s code of honour by taking a dive to earn a crucial penalty in the Warriors’ win over Canberra on Saturday, it has been reported.

The prop was roundly condemned for milking a penalty when he was tackled by Corey Horsburgh in front of the posts with two minutes left and the Raiders leading 20-18.

Lodge responded to the harmless hit by staying down and holding his jaw until the bunker had a look and told referee Chris Butler to blow the whistle, even though Horsburgh hit him on his forearm before sliding up towards his head.

The Warriors kicked a penalty to take the game into golden point and won when Shaun Johnson slotted a field goal. 

Corey Horsburgh hit Lodge’s forearm and slid up to his neck in a harmless tackle – but the bunker didn’t see it that way due to some acting from Lodge

The prop stayed down with his hand covering his face - committing one of rugby league's cardinal sins

The prop stayed down with his hand covering his face – committing one of rugby league’s cardinal sins

Now rugby league journalist Phil Rothfield has revealed Lodge confessed to committing one of footy’s cardinal sins.

‘Matt Lodge took a dive that decided the football game. He told people after the match that he hated doing it but it won them the game, they got a penalty from the dive,’ Rothfield told 2KY’s Big Sports Breakfast.

‘Now the bunker stepped in a could not recognise that Corey Horsburgh’s tackle was not a bad tackle, shouldn’t have gone on report, shouldn’t have even been penalised.

‘We had a game of rugby league decided, two competition points, by a dive.’

Brent Tate was angered by the bunker’s call as he commentated on the game.

Horsburgh's tackle had nothing on this shocking forearm hit Lodge put on Corey Harawira-Naera, for which he's been fined $1,000

Horsburgh’s tackle had nothing on this shocking forearm hit Lodge put on Corey Harawira-Naera, for which he’s been fined $1,000

‘I can’t believe it was a penalty,’ he said. ‘I don’t know what to say, to be honest. It just was not a penalty at all, it was a very soft one.’ 

Lodge was also slammed for another incident in the game when he was lucky to stay on the field after hitting Raiders forward Corey Harawira-Naera in the face with his forearm while carrying the ball.

He was hit with a $1,000 fine by the NRL for the foul after being charged with grade-one dangerous contact.

‘Matt Lodge elbows a bloke in the head, and just gets penalised, then lies down after getting a little tap on the forward and draws the penalty that draws the game and gives them a chance to win,’ NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler told Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.

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