'Play to the whistle!' Luke Lewis' inexcusable error leads to try

Stand-in Sharks skipper Luke Lewis has copped some of the blame for a controversial Storm try.

With minutes left in the first half, in an already one-sided affair in Friday night’s preliminary final, Andrew Fifita was engaged in some push and shove with Storm back rower Kenny Bromwich.

At the next ruck, Lewis found himself at marker, manning up against the best dummy half in the business, Cam Smith.

However what Lewis did next was simply inexcusable.

Luke Lewis walks out of marker, towards the scuffle. Pic: Getty

Instead of playing to the whistle, Lewis’ attention moved towards the scuffle in back play.

He moved out of marker and towards the fight, rather than marking Smith, who darted out of dummy half and set up a second try for Billy Slater.

Back-rower Jayson Bukuya was equalling to blame, as he was also focused on the scuffle, opening up an easy passage for the Storm captain.

Fans couldn’t believe the error from one of the greatest players to play the game.