Posts Tagged "NRL video referee"

At approximately 8.20pm on Friday night during the Canterbury versus Roosters game, the video referees might have hit a new low.

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The video referee is stealing the heart of the game away from the fans and the enjoyment of the game from the players.

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In a bold move designed to address the recent spate of baffling referee decisions, NRL boss Dave Smith has decided to appoint Stephen Hawking as the sole video referee for NRL games.

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National Rugby League referees are finding it harder to make important calls because the video referee is doing it for them.

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The DRS controversy which has plagued Australia’s Ashes campaign has stretched its tentacles to the NRL, with several baffling decisions leaving coaches confused in the run-in to the finals series.

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After four weeks of mayhem, common sense has finally prevailed at NRL headquarters with video referees handed the power to determine the significance of block runners in try-scoring situations.

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Having watched North Queensland get bundled out of the NRL finals race at the hands of Manly, again – and at the SFS, again – I have been philosophical about why I think the Cowboys lost with arguably their best ever line-up.

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Humans like to whinge. Let’s face it, even the most placid individual has a penchant for spotting injustice and magnifying it. There’s something particularly special about bagging a referee though.

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The late great rugby league player and commentator Rex Mossop had a few pet hates. Having the male genitalia shoved down his throat – figuratively speaking – was one.

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The video challenge system could be a great thing for rugby league, but what should a coach be able to dispute?

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While watching the Australian Open with friends the other night, I asked how good it would be if NRL players could challenge a referee’s decision.

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Decision reviews, video replays and goal-line technology ruin the spectacle of games, and reduce them to clinical, quasi-legal inquiries. It is time for the myth of ‘getting it right, 100% of the time’ to be abandoned so we can see more sport, and less painstaking deliberation.

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It would seem we have to wait until the Independent Commission is in place before any type of changes are made to the NRL – and no doubt they will have a lot on their plate come first day of operation.

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The opening State of Origin produced no major surprises. The most predictable thing to come from the match being controversy with the video referee. Yet again.

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