There is a blight on our great game which came to head this weekend.
It is a case of our game becoming so stupid and soft, that it's turning into AFL, almost literally.
Most seriously is the video referee awarding tries via benefit of the doubt.
put this simply, we are saying 2+2=9 because 9 looks a bit like a 4 and
that's good enough. Just like in AFL if you can't kick the ball between
the two big sticks, you still get rewarded for going close by getting a
We have referees to ensure the game is fairly played by both teams.
why do we completely and blatantly contradict this by allowing one side
a massive advantage when a decision whether a try has been scored or
Benefit of the doubt. Doubt. How, when you have admitted
doubt of a try being scored, come to the conclusion that it has been
After the uproar over the tries scored in the Manly vs
North Queensland final on the weekend, I was not at all surprised to
hear Bill Harrigan trot out his all too frequent comment of "The video
ref got it wrong."
Bill, if this happens more than once in the
year, then the person who is reviewing, training and coaching these refs is
clearly not doing his job properly.
Today we now have more refs
in the game, the refereeing quality has declined rapidly and now it's got
to the extent where it isn't just affecting game results, but also who
advances in the finals race.
It's time for Bill Harrigan and
Stuart Raper not to resign, but to be sacked. They are incompetent. The
referees don't have their support and they are not improving. You cannot
get a more damning situation against you then that.
time we stopped having this media craving, self-obsessed, incompetent,
unreliable, unsupportive man and his sidekick who is quiet, ineffective,
unskilled and utterly inexperienced in refereeing as our ref bosses.
the refs boss someone who cares only for the game. Someone who will
stand by the referees instead of alienating them and publicly
criticising and sacking them. This ritual only makes the referees more
cautious and less inclined to make a tough call, which, whether right or
wrong, fans would be able to accept more.
continue seeing illegal on-field acts being cautioned while victims of
said act are unable to return, which is essentially penalising the
victim and rewarding bad behaviour. We'll continue seeing the utter
debacles we do over benefit of the doubt tries being awarded, completely
legitimate shoulder charges being ruled dangerous, teams exploiting the
obstruction rule and the like.
Harrigan and Raper should be
getting the sack, not the referees in the middle, whose performances
have been completely hindered by these two idiots.