NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up'
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NRL axes bunker officials after ‘pretty clear stuff up’
By Brett Graham
3 hours ago

The NRL has axed the bunker officials responsible for awarding a controversial try to Cronulla’s Jack Williams during the Sharks’ 28-24 win over St George Illawarra.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor was left fuming after the match, calling for accountability within the ranks of officialdom.

With St George Illawarra in front 6-0 in the 10th minute, Sharks halfback Chad Townsend put through a grubber kick, with Jack Williams appearing to get his hand on the ball first to score.

Referee Grant Atkins sent the decision to the bunker, who awarded the try. However a different angle appeared to show Dragons fullback Matt Dufty grounding the ball first, meaning a line dropout would have been the correct decision.
Dufty competes for the ball (Fox League)

“Pretty clear, right?” McGregor asked at his post-match media conference.

"So how do they keep getting it wrong, and who’s accountable for it? It’s a stuff up. In the end, there’s the difference.

"I think all you guys (the media) should make a song and dance and do something about it.

“Because it’s not good enough.”

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Good on McGregor. Officiating full stop has not been good enough, great that he had the cajones to call it out. There should be more of it.
That call was horrendous, one quick look at it and they award it, when there was clearly a lot to look at. Yet there will be a referral that Ray Charles could easily see what the correct decision should be yet they will look at a slo-mo replay 7 times before coming up with an answer (which is laughably sometimes wrong in any case). It’s not good enough, it costs teams’ finals berths and all the money that goes with that through merchandise etc.

Ben galea is very ordinary at his job.

That try last night is precisely the reason why the bunker and the referral system was put in place. Almost impossible for the referee to adjudicate that in live time.
The bunker should have taken the time to look at it properly and they should have got that one right.
Sometimes you can cut someone a bit of slack when they get it wrong but in that instance those guys just didn’t do their job.

Just another reason for Peter V’Landys to take extreme action.

The Referees, Bunker officials, MRC and the Judiciary are all incompetent and should be replaced.

These people are dragging the NRL down and smearing the name of the “Greatest Game of all”

There needs to be a school set up teaching consistency, fairness, to be unbiased plus to actually learn the rules.

We have had 81/2 rounds since the Covid-19 interruption and already 4 games have gone to the wrong team because of incorrect decisions. Manly twice, Canberra and St. George.

It is not good enough that Graham Annesley comes out on Monday and says, “oh! sorry the incorrect decision was made.” These decisions cost teams two points, supporters, fans, TV viewers, the good name of the NRL (which it has only sometimes) and the clubs money.

Damn right…“IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”

Over to you Peter before the whole game goes down the drain.

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@Fade-To-Black said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

Good on McGregor. Officiating full stop has not been good enough, great that he had the cajones to call it out. There should be more of it.
That call was horrendous, one quick look at it and they award it, when there was clearly a lot to look at. Yet there will be a referral that Ray Charles could easily see what the correct decision should be yet they will look at a slo-mo replay 7 times before coming up with an answer (which is laughably sometimes wrong in any case). It’s not good enough, it costs teams’ finals berths and all the money that goes with that through merchandise etc.

It most likely has cost cost Wests tigers a semi final spot.

@gallagher said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

Ben galea is very ordinary at his job.

He sure is! Most of the stuff ups in the bunker have involved him in some way. Sometimes I think the former players make the worst refs when they of all people should really know better.

The most disappointing thing is that we would have still been in the 8 had the Dragons knocked off the Sharks…

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@Newtown said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

@Fade-To-Black said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

Good on McGregor. Officiating full stop has not been good enough, great that he had the cajones to call it out. There should be more of it.
That call was horrendous, one quick look at it and they award it, when there was clearly a lot to look at. Yet there will be a referral that Ray Charles could easily see what the correct decision should be yet they will look at a slo-mo replay 7 times before coming up with an answer (which is laughably sometimes wrong in any case). It’s not good enough, it costs teams’ finals berths and all the money that goes with that through merchandise etc.

It most likely has cost cost Wests tigers a semi final spot.

That might be a step too far because we still control our own outcomes over the next 9 weeks. But i know where you’re coming from. When I look at the draw for both ourselves and the sharks it does look like we might be going neck to neck for a spot in the eight. So the bunker has just gifted them 2 points.

At this stage of the competition these bad decisions can affect more than just the two teams playing that particular game.

We just have to win all the games we should win and a couple that we’re not expected to win. That would make all the difference.

@weststigers said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

The most disappointing this is that we would have still been in the 8 had the Dragons knocked off the Sharks…

Or if we’d beaten the Titans

…just sayin

@Tiger_Steve said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

@weststigers said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

The most disappointing this is that we would have still been in the 8 had the Dragons knocked off the Sharks…

Or if we’d beaten the Titans

…just sayin

Both

@Tiger_Steve said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

@weststigers said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

The most disappointing this is that we would have still been in the 8 had the Dragons knocked off the Sharks…

Or if we’d beaten the Titans

…just sayin

In the past Steve - need to loo forward Mate.

@Russell said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

Just another reason for Peter V’Landys to take extreme action.

The Referees, Bunker officials, MRC and the Judiciary are all incompetent and should be replaced.

These people are dragging the NRL down and smearing the name of the “Greatest Game of all”

There needs to be a school set up teaching consistency, fairness, to be unbiased plus to actually learn the rules.

We have had 81/2 rounds since the Covid-19 interruption and already 4 games have gone to the wrong team because of incorrect decisions. Manly twice, Canberra and St. George.

It is not good enough that Graham Annesley comes out on Monday and says, “oh! sorry the incorrect decision was made.” These decisions cost teams two points, supporters, fans, TV viewers, the good name of the NRL (which it has only sometimes) and the clubs money.

Damn right…“IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”

Over to you Peter before the whole game goes down the drain.

Yep clean the lot of them out, there is not one official who isn’t inept or corrupt, imo. Put a broom through the place and start all over again with people who actually have a feel for the game and can do a decent job fairly.

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These need to referee the games

@hobbo1 said in NRL axes bunker officials after obvious stuff up':

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These need to referee the games

That one was fooled by a giant dog.

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