Tag: Referees

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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Wizards, Referees, Bulldogs and a Dude Named Voldemort

Canterbury-Bankstown coach Des Hasler was in fine, mischievous form while fronting the media yesterday when he referred to match officials as ‘Voldemorts’; the iconic JK Rowling villain and arch-nemesis to Harry Potter. Hasler was slapped with a $10,000 suspended fine by the NRL after suggesting that the match referee’s face their own post-game press conference […]

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