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REFEREEING ACCOUNTABILITY

Bearfax

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The question regarding the quality of refereeing comes up weekly followed by the usual silence from the NRL and if we are lucky a passing comment by the head of referees. We know it is a tough role to play, but these guys are being paid big money to get it right, and too often they don't. Add to this that there are clubs as shown by stats that are treated with kid gloves, especially the favoured News Ltd teams, while others constantly get hammered. And yet coaches have to sit back and take it, watch carefully what they say in interviews, pretend that all is sweet.

The NRL is a limp wristed authority that wont or don't want to seriously address this issue. Perhaps it suits their agenda, perhaps they just find it too hard to deal with, in which case they shouldn't be in the job.

Its time for the game to grow up and face the problem head on. Coaches shouldn't be gagged and told to discuss it with Annesley behind closed doors where it can be easily dismissed, which obviously happens week after week. The NRL need to stand up from this cowardly approach to the problem and face it head on. Certainly coaches need to be respectful and try as best they can to be even handed, but they should have, like the fans, an open forum to discuss and be answered regarding their grievances over refereeing blunders (or bias). If this is not done it gives refs a carte blanche to do whatever they want on the field without explanation. They should not be a protected species anymore than the players and coaches are. They must be held accountable.
 

Mark from Brisbane

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Would be a tough gig to be a ref.

Look, if a ref has the balls to call a try or no try I give them credit , right or wrong.

I also get the bunker calls to check things like obstruction/ grounding etc, no worries with this.

BUT

Blowing the whistle 8 times for one team and 1 for the other , in the same half is bull****.

We could ALL see that was a stitch up.

Penalties , who gets them ( who doesn’t ) and when / where is the real issue
 

The Wheel

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Who is holding Annesley accountable?

Answer that and you will find most of the problem
 

The Who

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The introduction of technology was supposed to improve officiating.
It has done the opposite.
There is now more controversy over decision than there was in the 100 years of RL before they brought in two refs and vidiots.
The ref on Saturday should probably have been congratulated for not consulting the vidiots in several "tries". He ruled on what he saw. Rightly or wrongly.
But when he weakened and went upstairs for the Cust try it created more controversy than his initial decision of a try would have created.
Technology doesn't improve the sport, and it certainly detracts from the spectacle.
Almost every time a try is scored the excitement is muted by the knowledge that it will be another two minutes before it is given the green light, or not.
It's now a game of footy-interuptus!
 
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mave

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He was going to award the try to Cust, until Adam Reynolds basically charged over and changed his mind.

Ridiculous that these refs can be swayed like that..although Cam Smith has been getting away with it forever.
 

maxta

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They will never do it, but have always believed refs and officials should explain there decisions after a game...the coaches and certain players have a conference and without attacking these koalas too much....would be good to clear up these ODD calls immediately after a game.
Maybe then we would not get these lop sided 10-1 penalty counts, as it basically decides a game when it is that punishing....also felt Manly copped a shocker in the final minutes when they should have had another set in the Souths 22m....which was worse then any penalty against them...
 
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MissKate

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Often wondered why there are many ex-players becoming refs, surely they would have a better understanding of the game. Didn’t they recently raise the minimum wage for refs to $150k, surely there would be a few takers or is it a closed shop. I can understand having ex-players in the video box - for - one would hope - the voice of reason, but surely there have to be ex-players available to train up. They can’t all have made enough money during their career to retire or have the acumen to set up their own business etc
 

Woodsie

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Referee Decisions are simply following GreenTurds official policy of Consistency is over-rated ...the same ref rules a lost ball as striped one minute .. and a loose carry the next ... then a knock-on one minute becomes a knock back 2 mins later ... wrestling a player for 30 seconds is fine .. but next tackle 5 seconds is too long ....

We should introduce the theory of "flipism" into the game ... where all decisions are made by the toss of a coin .... at least we would get more sense at least 50% of the time ....
 
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Often wondered why there are many ex-players becoming refs, surely they would have a better understanding of the game. Didn’t they recently raise the minimum wage for refs to $150k, surely there would be a few takers or is it a closed shop. I can understand having ex-players in the video box - for - one would hope - the voice of reason, but surely there have to be ex-players available to train up. They can’t all have made enough money during their career to retire or have the acumen to set up their own business etc
At $150K per season, you will get heaps of 1st graders, and even internationals like Henry Perenara. Not!

If you want football smart, non CTE affected ex players, it has to be worth their while, to continually have to put up with the rants of drunken hacks and uncivilised punters.

On the positive side, any good player who has to give the game up early because of injuries, unrelated to their mobility around the park, a reasonable salary could offer them a chance to stay in the game.
 

Waz13

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The introduction of technology was supposed to improve officiating.
It has done the opposite.
There is now more controversy over decision than there was in the 100 years of RL before they brought in two refs and vidiots.
The ref on Saturday should probably have been congratulated for not consulting the vidiots in several "tries". He ruled on what he saw. Rightly or wrongly.
But when he weakened and went upstairs for the Cust try it created more controversy than his initial decision of a try would have created.
Technology doesn't improve the sport, and it certainly detracts from the spectacle.
Almost every time a try is scored the excitement is muted by the knowledge that it will be another two minutes before it is given the green light, or not.
It's now a game of footy-interuptus!
It also further adds to the refreshing of big forwards which in turn continues the high impact collisions/impact that has been widely scrutinized. I’d do away with the video ref completely and go to a form of captains challenge. Didn’t they trial that in a dragons knights game a couple years back and not one try went upstairs? I won’t be critical without offering an idea or solution and the captains challenge is what I would go with.
 

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