MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Trent Cotchin of the Tigers handballs to Brandon Ellis during the round 21 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Former umpire says Tigers robbed twice in dying moments

There were two opportunities to award Richmond a 50 metre penalty in the dying moments of Geelong’s win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking on SEN Radio on Tuesday morning, former umpire Derek Humphrey-Smith says Trent Cotchin should have been lining up for a shot on goal after the siren, with umpires missing two chances to award a 50 metre penalty.

“If you are a Richmond supporter you would’ve obviously watched your team being absolutely overrun in that last quarter,” Humphery-Smith said.

“Having said that Trent Cotchin in the last minute of that game should’ve got a 50 metre (penalty).

“There’s been a ball up in the middle, ball spills towards the Richmond end, Cotchin lays a tackle on a Geelong player (Sam Menegola) and incorrect disposal is correctly paid.

“He goes back to take his kick and… (Patrick) Dangerfield does not leave the ten metre protected area quickly enough.

“More importantly Joel Selwood running through on the far side of the ground…he’s within five metres of Cotchin and he has to be ten metres outside the protected area.

“Cotchin then plays on towards Selwood, swings onto his right foot and kicks it long.

“It should’ve immediately been a 50 metre penalty. It would’ve brought Cotchin to about 20 metres out.

“If he kicked it Richmond would’ve won the game.”

However, the 50 metre penalty was not payed and Cotchin’s kick into the forward 50 was not marked by a Richmond player and Geelong held on to win the match by a mere four points.

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