5 FRAMES THAT COST BILL HARRIGAN HIS JOB
|=| Mark Gasnier's 'Try'... 5 Frames that should see the Benefit of the Doubt go to the Defending Team.
On the SMH Sport & Style Blog today - Ben Coady suggested that the NRL swap to the NFL's 'break the plane' rule for Touchdowns.
If you want to make it work - change benefit of the doubt to the defending team and then we'll get the right call far more often.
I cannot understand how we can give a try for something that MIGHT have happened... unless we see that a Try HAS happened - NO TRY!
The alternative to that is to bring back to the in-goal touch judges, who if memory serves me correctly - didn't exactly suck at their job without replay after replay after replay like the current group of video refs.
What bugs me most in all of this is how many NRL Rules that referees either ignore or police inconsistently - when ALL of these are so easily policed. Just a few are 'Walking off the Mark', 'Feeding the Scrum Incorrectly', 'Players not even binding in the Scrum and then breaking half an hour early' & 'off-side from kick-offs & goal-line drop outs'.
That's just to name a few rules and every single one of the above are so easily policed when you have 2 Referees, 2 Touch Judges & a Video Referee watching the game... yet they keep failing to enforce rules that are enforceable.
It boggles the mind!
|=| Round 23 NRL Game Highlights |=|
- St.George-Illawarra Dragons v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles -
One final idea that may at least bring some consistency in is to create a 'Central NRL Video Refereeing Panel'. In the National Hockey League - they have a Central Control Room based out of NHL Headquarters in Toronto, Canada - every time there is a disputed goal, the on-ice referees send it to the Control Room and the decision is made by a select group based at the HQ.
We now have the technology to implement something like this if the NRL decided to go down that route - but clearly if we had some common sense applied to the Benefit of the Doubt rule for a start - we'd get so many more decisions right!
Rather than 'possibly right' which is a directive that the NRL seems to embrace... a decision that makes Rugby League look very ordinary indeed.
Q1: How would you solve this issue - particularly the Video Referee?
Q2: Do you agree that the benefit of the doubt should go to the Defending Team?
Q3: Should we bring back In-Goal Touch Judges?
Q4: What do you think of the 'Central Video Referee' concept?