Interesting to hear so much chatter about the Warriors discipline around the place.
Warning, big rant below.
The performance of the refs in the first half made me not want to watch NRL anymore. I'm not sure if they were that incompetent or if corruption in sport is as big of a deal as some people (who I usually laugh at) are right but one way or the other something is seriously wrong.
The only thing more stupid than the inconsistent refereeing was the Canberra coach's (can't bring myself to say his name anymore which is sad given I loved him as a player) reaction. If you hadn't have been handed the first half on a plate by the two men in the middle you would never have been in a position to worry about your last try being disallowed.
The reality is if the raiders turned up to play in the second half instead of looking to milk penalties every tackle and slowing themselves down against a team who was obviously fatigued from hardly touching the ball in the first half they would have won easy. Tbf thou, can you blame the players? After the first half they probably thought all they had to do was ask and the penalty would be granted.
If the NRL can't sort their shit out with referees and the rules of the game very soon the entire NRL will be heading the same way as the sad little man at Canberra and team of whinges. rant over
well its an opinion. Heres mine.
I thought from what i could see the reffing looked pretty good. The refs didnt make those players jump the gun and give up penalties. So lets not blame them for the inadequacies of the players. Would you rather they ignore the rules and just play without refs? Ive never met a fan yet who thinks that the ref is in favour of their team, and surprisingly few on a winning team who think they only won it because of the referring, The reality is that if players took just a second or even a half second before charging down the ground, none of those plays would have been called up. The rule is exactly as it has always been. The defensive team cant move until the foot is on the ball. NOT when the ball hits the ground. Personally i'm a big fan for enforcing rules that exist or removing them. This is a rule that defines a diference between our game and that other one. And should be enforced. IMO.