South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Glenn Stewart admits to taking a dive to deny the North Queensland Cowboys a try during his side’s 30-12 loss on Monday.
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Stewart fell to the ground after making contact with Ethan Lowe as Michael Morgan ran towards the try-line just before half-time.
Referee Adam Devcich called on help from the video referee to make a decision, who came back with a no-try verdict after it was decided Stewart was obstructed.
Devcich told Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston of the decision, and it was obvious the star veteran was unhappy with the decision.
Stewart told reporters on Tuesday that he dived purposely to deny the Cowboys a try, saying he was not the only player to attempt such an action.
“You have seen other people try and do it,” Stewart is quoted as saying by AAP.
“It’s within the rules and while a lot of people out there (on social media) are probably giving it to me, we are out there trying to win.
“If we had won by two or four points I probably would be copping it a lot more, but we would still have the two (competition) points.
“I was pretty surprised to be honest.
“It is gamesmanship, a fair bit goes on week to week and, if I cop it about it, I cop it about it.”
The Cowboys inflicted the second loss of the season on the reigning premiers, resulting in the Rabbitohs dropping to fourth on the NRL ladder after six rounds.
Michael Maguire’s side face the 12th-placed Cronulla Sharks next Monday at Remondis Stadium.
Check out Stewart’s dive below: