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Green slams NRL bunker

Roar Guru
3rd April, 2016

Premiership coach Paul Green has labelled referees boss Tony Archer “the minister for justification” as disillusion with the NRL’s bunker potential as a cure all mounts.

Cronulla mentor Shane Flanagan was highly critical of the central command centre for the second time in five days when he slammed two controversial decisions in his team’s win over Wests Tigers on Saturday.

And North Queensland coach Green weighed in for the second time in nine days on Sunday, still incensed at number of bunker decisions that went against the Cowboys in the previous round golden points loss to Brisbane.

“Asked in a radio interview if he had faith in the newly-implemented bunker to make the correct decisions, Green answered simply: “No”.

“There is no consistency in their decision making and they are getting some big decisions wrong,” he told Triple M.

“And one thing I want to know is why they call it the bunker … Who are they are at war with? The coaches?”

Green didn’t stop there, lining up Archer for special mention.

“Tony is doing his best, he does get back to you … eventually,” Green said.

“But I am tempted to call him the minister for justification, because that is how I feel after talking to him.


“I look at it and wonder if it is the same footage I am looking at with the decisions they come up with.

“The obstruction rule, you could talk about that all day. I am confused about it and I wonder how the fans feel.

“We want consistency and accountability, that is the main things as coaches we want to see.

“It is frustrating and I am sure other coaches feel the same way.”