Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson took aim at the match officials after his side lost to Penrith Panthers in the NRL qualifying finals.
The regular-season table-toppers were eeked out 19-18 by their visitors on Saturday, with Jamie Soward converting a last-gasp drop goal to book the Panthers a place in the preliminary finals.
The Roosters must now overcome North Queensland Cowboys next week to keep alive their chances of winning the title.
However, Roosters coach Robinson says the referee must take some responsibility for his side's defeat.
"I thought the referees were off again tonight, I didn't think they were up to performance either " this is semi finals," he said after the clash. "They were missing the opportunity to keep this game going, we had that many stoppages in the game " it wasn't semi finals.
"They needed to lift their game there, those two [officials Jared Maxwell and Henry Perenara] weren't ready for that."
The Cowboys picked up a 32-20 win over Brisbane Broncos in their elimination final.
In addition to the Roosters, Manly Sea Eagles, who finished second in the regular season, will also have to take a longer route to the Grand Final.
Inspired by the sensational Adam Reynolds, South Sydney Rabbitohs powered to a 40-24 victory over the Sea Eagles, who were caught napping in the first half.
The Rabbitohs scored all of the 22 points that came before the break and went on to open up a 40-0 advantage in the second half.
The Sea Eagles mounted a late fightback, but it was too little, too late.
Canterbury Bulldogs now await the Sea Eagles in next weekend's semi-finals after the former triumphed 28-4 over Melbourne Storm on Sunday.