Des Hasler wants answers from referees http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/des-hasler-wants-answers-from-referees/story-e6frexnr-1226032551925 MANLY coach Des Hasler is set for a showdown with referees coach Stuart Raper after the controversial loss to South Sydney on Friday night. Souths were awarded the opening five penalties, while the Sea Eagles didn't receive one until the 68th minute. Frustrated at the lop-sided count, Manly captain Jason King was heard to ask rookie referee Adam Devcich: "Have we had a penalty yet?" Devcich then replied: "They haven't had many." In a carefully-worded appraisal of the refereeing display, Hasler accused the whistle-blowers of "putting themselves under the microscope" and of "only refereeing one side". "I rang Stuart Raper straight after the game. I can handle penalties going against us, but what I can't handle is that you can't only referee one side," Hasler said. "One side can't have five penalties against them and the other side doesn't get a penalty until the 68th minute. "This is where they bring criticism upon themselves and put themselves under the microscope. Then they compound the issue by going penalty, penalty, penalty to us towards the end of the game. "That's stupid. They've got to treat the public with a little bit more intelligence than that. "They've got to be smarter about it. The ruck is so subjective that if you really wanted to, you could blow 20 penalties. To their credit, the referees' bosses are very good. They let you approach them, so I've left messages with them and I'll speak to them about it." Raper confirmed Hasler contacted him on Friday night and will wait until the referees debrief before talking to the Sea Eagles coach. "Des didn't leave a message for me, he rang me at 10pm with a statement and I'll talk to Des about his statement on Monday," Raper said. Raper conceded "there may have been one or two other penalties that were able to go the other way", but he said he was satisfied with the refereeing performance. "I was very content with the performance of the referees, I thought they contributed to a high-quality spectacle," Raper said yesterday. "I spoke to Russell Smith, who is the evaluator on that game, and he said there were probably a few instances where it may not have been a penalty. But he was very impressed with the referees' performances, as was I. "I also spoke to Sean Hampstead and he had very high praise, too." Under the tutelage of new referee coaches Raper and Bill Harrigan, the whistle-blowers are being urged to be more assertive and trust their instincts. The referees who controlled the Sea Eagles-Souths encounter were the experienced Ashley Klein and rookie Devcich.