'Simply not good enough': Annesley tells refs to lift their game

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  1. GongPanther

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    NRL head of football Graham Annesley has told referees' bosses the level of errors in recent weeks is unacceptable.

    Annesley was particularly concerned referees Adam Gee and Gavin Badger allowed play to continue in Newcastle on Saturday night after recognising Warriors centre Peta Hiku suffered an injury and reaffirmed they were aware of the NRL directive to stop play for serious injuries.

    The referees were reminded of the policy after Grant Atkins and Badger did not stop play during the round-five match in Townsville after Cowboys winger Nene Macdonald fractured and dislocated his ankle in a collision with teammate John Asiata.

    However, play was again allowed to continue at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night until Sione Mata'utia scored a try for the Knights, despite Badger pointing towards Hiku as he staggered out of a tackle and telling Gee to "watch him".

    "They were aware that he had suffered a head knock, they were aware that he was on the ground and they should have stopped play at that tackle before the play-the-ball. They had time to do that," Annesley said.

    "He said 'watch him', in other words 'keep an eye on him' but that is not good enough. That is saying 'I have identified that there is an issue there so keep an eye on him'. Well, keep an eye on him is not the right answer. Stop the game and have him assessed is the right answer.

    "It is a very serious error in that we hold clubs accountable for dealing with suspected head injuries and we hold them accountable to a very high degree. We know from the audio that they identified this, they just didn't take the right action at the right time."

    It wasn't the only error in the match to leave Annesley frustrated and he said Ken Maumalo was incorrectly denied a try by NRL Bunker officials after they watched a camera angle that cast doubt over whether the Warriors winger had control of the ball as he grounded it.

    He also revealed match officials in Friday night's match at Bankwest Stadium should have awarded Wests Tigers another set of six tackles after a chargedown by Victor Radley, while a touch judge failed to detect Joseph Manu had put his foot into touch before a Sydney Roosters try.

    Annesley was due to meet separately with the referees and their coaches later on Monday.

    "I need to get comfort from the people I have to hold responsible for the performances of match officials," he said.

    "The one thing we can't stop is mistakes but some of mistakes over the last couple of weeks simply aren't good enough and they are mistakes that shouldn't have been made so we need to try to find out why and what they are doing to hopefully ensure it doesn't happen again leading into the finals.

    "That is what coaches do week in and week out, they don't accept errors from their players and they work on strategies and ways to try to make sure those mistakes aren't repeated.

    "I need a level of comfort from their coaches that they have this under control."

    On a positive note, Annesley said the Bunker had spotted Cronulla playmaker Kyle Flanagan kneeing Brisbane's Matt Lodge in the head during Sunday's match at Pointsbet Stadium and advised referee Matt Cecchin, who was initially going to penalise the Broncos prop for retaliating.

    Flanagan was charged with grade-one dangerous contact and had entered an early plea which enabled him to escape suspension and play in Saturday's match against Melbourne.

    https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/07/08/simply-not-good-enough-annesley-tells-refs-to-lift-their-game/

    O.K. everyone, vent your spleen.
     
  2. Iafeta

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    My concern is the lack of accountability. He says he can’t stand blokes down because there’s no one better. So yet again it’s a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket for some simple basic errors.

    And Steve Clark in the bunker. Wtf. When you bring back someone from the top 5 worst refs of all time and give him a cushy job in the video box, things won’t end well. How well are we going when Jarrod Maxmong is one of the senior bunker blokes. And from time to time Gash Klown gets a gig up there too. Stop rewarding chronically poor referees with cushy bunker roles.
     
  3. Vee

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    I commend annesley for fronting up each week and taking the hard questions. Typical journos, no story in the improvement in the reffing this year, too easy to just take the lazy route to clickbait by sinking the slipper in.

    Mind you, the VRs are giving them plenty of ammo.

    I used to love former international referee gary cook calmly explaining decisions on Aunty's Saturday coverage in the 80s. Such a contrast with the brain dead drug-addled 8th immortal telling us we should just rule in normal time. Yeah, because his employer wouldn't hang the refs out to dry with super slomos when they got it wrong.
     
  4. forby

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    I heard him on the ABC on the weekend. He said that despite the ‘mistakes’ that it was fortunate that it didn’t cost any team the match. He also said that the mistakes tend to even up over the season!
    He said they were investigating why the refs make mistakes and the way they referee. He mentioned fatigue, rushed decisions, human error, ........
    What he didn’t mention was preconceptions and incompetence. NSWRL referees have to watch previous games from both teams and list players and tactics they should look out for. Do the NRL refs do the same?
    The NRL should also look at why certain referees have such uneven records with certain teams that supporters know that they will get penalised out of games as soon as they are appointed to their matches.
     
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  5. ReddFelon

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    You could just improve the game by letting the referees call games the way they are at all other levels of the sport. No more "even up the penalties", "repeated warnings" and the general fear of using the sin bin and send off. Nope, that's too easy need those KFC shill bucks from the bunker and KPIs.
     
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  6. Scott Gourley's Lovechild

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    Needs to belt the MRC around too, and get their shit together on grading.
     
  7. Perth Red

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    Hang on, he’s bragging about spotting the knee? If t was spotted it should have been at least a sin bin on the night and 3-4 weeks on the sideline. Grade one for a deliberate knee to the head of a player unable to defend himself? He has no idea, no wonder the refs are making mistakes.
     
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  8. TheDMC

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    Seriously no suspension - not even for a week = for a purposeful and forceful knee to the head of a defenceless player. That is so farrrked. Same as head butting someone whose arms are wrapped up.
     
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  9. betcats

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    Basically “we are not good enough but there’s no one better”
     
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  10. no name

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    Surely there’s a few more Suttons around that Bernie could promote?

    They have already stunk the game up this much, might as well go the whole hog.
     
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  11. Life's Good

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    ‘We are not good enough and have no idea how to fix it’
     
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  12. siv

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    Thought it might be interesting

    But its just a broken record now
     
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  13. OzDragon

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    Wow I haven't seen this type of spray since........last season
     
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  14. AJB1102

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    John Sutton must be retiring soon. Put him in the bunker.

    "We can see the player maintains control and grounds the ball, YEAH DA BOYZ!"
     
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  15. GongPanther

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    I'm with the option of only two refs on field with the flag wavers on the sideline.

    Simplify the process and just go with the referee's judgement during the game...just like it used to be.

    The bunker is shot as a faultless process. With more than enough TV screens to account for every camera on field, how they are missing the money shots in the past few weeks, is simply beyond belief.

    But you guys know the NRL. Spit out a news brief, say they buggered up, a few days later they hope it cools off after the fans have had their say, and the status quo remains.

    Rinse & repeat.
     
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  16. TheVelourFog

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    "The one thing we can't stop is mistakes....."

    ".....they are mistakes that shouldn't have been made"


    make up your mind
     
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  17. Danish

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    If some of these refs aren’t careful the NRL is going to invent even more random referee management positions to hand out.

    That’ll show em
     
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  18. T-Boon

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    The refs are great and doing a pretty good job. The coaches spend most of their time teaching the players how to cheat. The coaches are the problem. They should come out and apologise.
     
  19. Perth Red

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    I dont have a problem with the on field refs making mistakes, thats life and what goes around usually comes around. The bunker making mistakes has zero excuse.
     
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  20. Tommy Smith

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    Annesley seems to think the Marsters try last Friday was legit; therefore he is an incompetent clown whose opinion can not be taken seriously.
     
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