HE says he was unfairly denied a try on Friday but Penrith winger David Simmons has no doubt he came up against the best opposition of the year when the Panthers were heavily beaten by Sydney Roosters.
Simmons thought he had posted his 17th touchdown of the year when he chased centre Dean Whare’s kick into the in-goal in the 46th minute at Centrebet Stadium, with his side trailing 18-6.
But video referees Steve Clark and Luke Patten thought otherwise.
“You tell me. The ref called a try, I thought it was a try and the video ref over-ruled it. I don’t know what happened,” Simmons tells RLW.
“I knew I’d got it but I didn’t know if I was over the line when I grounded it. I watched the replay. I was over the line. I’ll have to watch it again or hear why the ref thought it wasn’t a try but I thought it was.”
But the decision wasn’t going to change the result of a match which saw the tricolours surge past neighbours South Sydney into the premiership lead.
“We played Souths earlier in the yea r but I think they’re the best team we’ve played for sure,” said Simmons.
“They’ve got a lot of big units in their side, they’ve got good halves, they’re confident. That goes a long way in this league. When you’re on a roll … they’re just rolling. That’s what you need this time of year.
“They’re playing well, same team every week bar Sonny Bill.
“I guess with the better teams, you’ve got to be more clinical and do everything right. The last few weeks we’ve come up again good teams and we haven’t played to our standards. You can’t win if you’re not doing that.”
But one consolation for the former Cronulla winger is his place near the top of the tryscoring charts.
“Playing with Dean Whare, Luke Walsh this year, they’ve been going fairly well attack wise and that’s made it easy for me. I think it’s going to be OK. We’ve got some quality players coming next year and we’ll pretty much have the same team plus a few guys coming back from injury.
“It’s going to be stronger. If I can make the team, it should hopefully continue.
“One hundred per cent things are on the way up. We know how to play, we know how to win. It’s just putting it together. That’s getting better every week. Our knowledge of the game is improving.”
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