Posts Tagged "NRL bunker"

The dust seems to have settled somewhat on the furore surrounding refereeing referrals to the Bunker in the first week of the NRL semi-finals.

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Eight games over five days. There’s nothing quite as good when you haven’t had a full round for three weeks – and what a weekend it was. Some brilliant footy, a trip to Darwin, returning stars, an amazing comeback and a grand final re-match down to the bell.

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The weekend’s match between the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters highlighted the issue must hurting the game of rugby league, and consequently turning fans away.

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Only a penalty goal separated the Panthers and Roosters with just eight minutes to play, when Luke Keary scooted across the field, linking up with Latrell Mitchell, who found space out wide. Then came that pass.

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The horde of rugby league fans frustrated with the role of the Bunker during the 2016 season have some good news to sink their teeth into today, with the NRL announcing the cut-back of plays the Bunker is permitted to rule on.

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The 2016 NRL season is in the can, so it’s time to look forward to the thud of willow against leather and long lazy days on the beach right? Not for me, I’m still in rugby league mode, so I’m looking forward to next season already!

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For the first time in rugby league history, a captain’s challenge system will be will be trialled in the NRL this weekend during the St George Illawarra vs Newcastle game.

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After another contentious golden point balls-up in Perth last night, it’s become apparent The Bunker is an expensive and worthless waste. The NRL is left with no choice but to abandon the system and scam it off to a sucker at an over-inflated price.

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The NRL has altered its stance on allowing the bunker to rule on live play, with video referees to call for penalties that are now “likely” to draw charges from the match review committee.

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Melbourne captain Cameron Smith believes the NRL bunker taking a back seat was necessary to eliminate diving from rugby league.

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The Bunker is largely butting out of foul play from now on and whinging still gets things done in the NRL. These were the two most glaring things we got out of St George Illawarra’s golden point win over Canberra last night.

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The NRL have erred in their appreciation and awareness of drama and narrative.

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When the NRL announced they would introduce a video bunker, it was greeted with much fanfare by players, officials and fans alike.

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The NRL’s bunker looked decidedly shaky over Round 5. Yet the errors that referee’s elite performance manager Tony Archer has admitted is not the most troubling aspect of the system that was exposed last weekend.

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Hot heads. Loose cannons. Powder kegs. You know the type. These are the blokes fuelled by aggression and raw emotion, the type of players that takes every tackle personally.

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This week’s Roar and Against debate is the NRL bunker. The concept has had its supporters and its critics in first few rounds as referees look to make the right decision as fast as possible.

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Well the NRL season is just four weeks old and already some fans are calling for the bunker to be thrown out with the leftover Easter eggs.

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