Tag: Referees

The Quick Tap: Is Brad Arthur a protected species? Anthony Griffin, Immortals and the problem with modern referees

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis IS BRAD ARTHUR A PROTECTED SPECIES OUT AT PARRAMATTA? Why is nobody talking about Parramatta coach Brad Arthur and his failure to spark the Eels in 2018? This team went within a whisker of upsetting the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in week one of last year’s playoffs before being bundled […]

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“I have defended the NRL against crisis merchants all year but you can’t defend this”

BY SCOTT DILLON Baffled media and fans have taken to social media to vent their frustrations after this weekend’s referee appointments were made. Referee’s boss Bernard Sutton has decided not to sack his brother Gerard who was the lead official in the Shark Park debacle last Friday night. Touch judge Ricky McFarlane and pocket referee […]

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Calls to bring back as Bill Harrigan as pressure mounts on Tony Archer and Bernard Sutton

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns believes referees are being over coached and it’s now ruining the premiership. It comes after another forgettable weekend for the whistle blowers. “I’m blaming the direction they’re given and who’s coaching the referees,” Johns told Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show. “It’s the constant chatter in their ear, touch judges — […]

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Is there a new crisis gripping rugby league or are the merchants just getting really desperate?

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Outrage! Crisis! The world is ending! Rugby league is dead! There must be an investigation! Where’s the consistency!? All code for click bait, of course, but don’t let that stop you from a big, fat, juicy side of #TalkTheGameDown. Everywhere you look it seems somebody, somewhere, has an axe to grind […]

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Who is the blame for recent forward pass controversies? Bill Harrigan has his say

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Rugby league’s greatest ever referee Bill Harrigan says the recent forward pass controversies that most notably cost the New Zealand Warriors two premiership points in Auckland last weekend falls on the main referee and the touch judge on the opposite side of the field. The Cronulla Sharks stole victory against the […]

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Nothing wrong with crackdown on cheating teams but where’s the common sense in our game gone?

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Sydney Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa has broken his silence on the tackle that left mate Ashton Sims sidelined with a broken jaw. Napa was sin-binned in Sydney’s loss to the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium but was subsequently cleared by the match review committee. At the time of the incident, social […]

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Earth to media: We’ve known this penalty crackdown was coming since December

BY STAFF WRITERS    It is a fact – NRL referees are taking the game back from the coaches. In a blitzkrieg to start season 2018, on-field officials have clamped down on illegal play from sides giving away offside and ruck penalties instead of letting the game flow. Certain sides have benefited from the ploy […]

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Thank penalties for lack of fatigue in players: Gallen

Cronulla legend Paul Gallen says fatigue isn’t a factor in the current game due to the amount of penalties being dished out by the referees. Speaking on Channel Nine, Gallen said club officials were also using the HIA bin to their advantage. “No, I wasn’t tired (against Melbourne),” Gallen said. “We brought in the eight-interchange […]

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