Luke Keary against NRL’s plans to adopt hawk-eye technology to rule on forward passes
Mark St John
July 29, 2019 12:59pm
Source: FOX SPORTS
Luke Keary believes Hawke-Eye technology for forward passes is not the answer, after a number of contentious decision in Round 19.Source: FOX SPORTS
After Round 19 was dominated by contentious forward passes the NRL has vowed to adopt new hawk-eye technology to give fans more of a definitive response to rulings on the field, according to News Corp.
However Roosters playmaker Luke Keary believes the move will lead to more stoppages that will ruin the spectacle of the game.
“I’m a no. The technology doesn’t suit us,” Keary said.
“We are just a natural kind of game. If you slow down every try and say he has thrown it here and caught it in front.
“People don’t understand when you are running fast the ball is sometimes going to travel forward, but you have thrown it back out of the hands.
“It just brings in a whole other grey area. Then people start complaining that the game is slowing down because they are going up to the video referee to look at it.
@sydneyroosters 6 Luke Keary a big NO to proposed hawk-eye technology for forward passes in 2021. ‘Our game doesn’t need that level of technology. We’ll end up complaining the game is being slowed down if it comes in. Get over it.’ @FOXSportsNews
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“I’m happy to live with it. Over the course of your career they are going to go both ways. It is just the way the cards fall. It is our game. We’ve all grown up with it. Just get over it.”
A number of contentious rulings in Round 19 had fans venting their frustration over the inconsistency with technology in the game.
The Warriors were robbed against the Eels, when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was called for a forward pass in the build-up to a potential matchwinning try.
The Storm’s golden point loss to Manly was decided by a forward pass, which led to Daly Cherry-Evans kicking the match-winning field goal in the next set.
Braidon Burns’ pass to winger Campbell Graham in the Rabbitohs win over the Dragons was questionable at best and Roosters coach Trent Robinson was dumbfounded Cooper Cronk was denied a try after James Tedesco’s last pass was ruled forward in their win over the Bulldogs.
The NRL are keen to introduce hawk-eye technology to track the movement of the ball as it leaves the player’s hands during a try-scoring moment.
The technology will be similar to that used by tennis for close line calls, the EPL for off-side play and lbw decisions in cricket.
Was RTS’ pass forward?
“The only way we can be 100 per cent certain and consistent with forward passes is with this hawk-eye technology,” NRL head of football Graham Annesley said.
“The company’s engineers have told us they can develop a system where it can identify even in the closest margins if the ball has been thrown backwards or forwards from a player’s hands.”
Keary leapt to the defence of the referees, despite another weekend full of controversial moments.
“As a game we tend to just bag them,” Keary said.
“They are humans and they make mistakes. The players make mistakes. The coaches make mistakes.
“The referees are going to make mistakes, but we seem to higlight their mistakes more than the players. It is going to happen and it is part of the game.
“It gives us something to talk about on Monday, but I think they are doing a good job. You can have all the technology you want and they will still make mistakes because they are human.
“I think as a game we need to relax a little bit and let them relax and they will probably do a better job.”