There have been some, shall we say 'interesting' observations about the NRL's refereeing ranks lately from former NRL ref and former Canberra/NQ/Manly/Easts goal kicking fullback and current Penrith coaching staff member Luke Phillips on social media. He posted this on Facebook on Saturday: "The bunker has now made obstruction black and white. No point having ex footballers in there now. The refs have a refs boss who has no idea on obstruction. And can only understand black and white. Players only need to take a dive now to get a penalty. Sad day for footy and its fans. [Luke] Pattern and [Ben] Galea are now just button pushers." Explains a lot doesn't it. He posted this yesterday: "Funny how the last 2 obstruction calls in the Knights and Storm games have been cleared as ok. (Which they should of) Exactly the same as the ones taken off from Cowboys and Brisbane games. 1. Either interpretation has been changed over night (which isn't uncommon from experience) 2. No Bernard Sutton as head review official in the Knights Storm games is the other. Can't wait to see which one holds up." Seriously, no wonder players, coaches and fans get confused and there is no consistency in rulings if they are constantly changing rule interpretations. And from the sounds of what he wrote, its not uncommon for it to change mid-round which is simply mind boggling and could be grossly unfair to the teams who have yet to play. It could easily mean that something that teams were getting away with say on Friday night are suddenly being penalised on the Saturday or Sunday or Monday. Can someone say.... No Real Leadership Anyone?