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A Parker pass was called forward by a sideline referee, but if the play was allowed to continue the Sea Eagles would have almost certainly scored a try through Tom Trbojevic.
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On Monday, NRL's head of football Graham Annesley confirmed the decision was incorrect.
"The angle of the ball when it comes out of his hands is backwards," Annesley told media.
"The ball has clearly moved forward across the ground, but that's not the indicator of a forward pass."
Forward passes are unable to be judged on by the Bunker official, leaving the duties up to the on-field officials.
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For a number of years the NRL has been tinkering with technology that would, theoretically, be able to track the football and determine where it moves.
But Annesley says the game is not close to being able to implement it in the NRL.
"We have been doing work in the background to provide information to the (ARL) Commission about new technology," he said on Monday.
"There are plenty of people who say we shouldn't have technology at all... but that's probably never going to happen, because technology is here, it's not going anywhere.
"All of those things are still being explored, and will continue to be explored. I just can't put a timeline on it."
The use of technology in professional sport is a topic which typically divides supporters and stakeholders.
Many still question the role of the Bunker in the NRL, weighing up the decisions it overturns against what it robs the game of - spontaneous excitement and emotion.
Parker, despite being dudded at the weekend, is firmly in the camp that wants to avoid more technology infiltrating the game.
"I think sometimes if you tamper with the game too much it kind of ruins it," he said on Monday.
"It's one of those things, it's an on-field decision. Like the players, sometimes they make mistakes.
"I think you've got to leave it to the game to be as simple as it can, really."
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