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NRL coach Henjak adds to refs criticism

By Steve Jancetic and Wayne Heming 17/08/2010 06:47:31 PM Comments (0)

Manly's Des Hasler isn't the only coach seeing red at NRL officials with Brisbane counterpart Ivan Henjak revealing his frustrations prompted a 'please explain' phone call to referees boss Robert Finch.

While all eyes are on video ref Bill Harrigan after he was stood down following an extraordinary ruling in St George Illawarra's win over Manly on Monday night, Henjak revealed he too was left perplexed by several decisions in his side's loss to Parramatta on Friday night.

Henjak said the Broncos were robbed of a tackle when pressuring the Eels' try line at a crucial stage of the second half after video referee Sean Hampstead gave whistle-blower Tony Archer a bad call on the tackle count.

"Alex Glenn got dragged down five metres from the Eel's try line and we had a tackle up our sleeve and we were getting set to kick to Izzy (Israel Folau)," Henjak said of the incident which occurred with the Eels leading 18-10.

"It was a bloody big play."

Henjak said Archer had clearly signalled four tackles with his fingers and he could be heard clearly on the audio yelling out four.

"As soon as we played the ball, he put his hand to signify it was the last tackle which is why Glenn got caught with the ball," Henjak added.

"Finch agreed Archer had called four tackles but had changed it after a late call from the video referee."

Harrigan, who was stood down indefinitely, admitted the refereeing group as a whole was struggling in 2010, with on-field referee Shayne Hayne also missing a blatant forward pass for a try to Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran on Monday night.

"The referees have not performed to the level we expected of them this year," Harrigan told Sydney radio station 2SM just hours after being stood down.

"We don't think that the two-referee model has lived up to the expectations that it should have this year.

"Last year I think it did, this year the expectations were higher, we needed to lift to it, we haven't."

Finch, who was being quizzed on the Harrigan ruling at the time, denied refereeing errors were reaching epidemic proportions.

"We're talking about one video referee decision here, we're not talking about a million of them," Finch said.

"Up to Monday night, the weekend was quite good."

Henjak revealed he had been concerned for some time about the number of penalties issued for things that he claimed weren't happening in games.

"They're starting to see things that aren't happening," Henjak said.

"That really concerns me.

"If they're getting the simple things wrong and they're starting to give penalties for things that aren't happening, we're in huge trouble.

"They should have been doing something about it before now.

"The competition is so tight and the teams are so close these days I feel the referees are determining who wins or loses more than the players.

"That should never be the case.

"Imagine if that won or lost a game and someone missed the semis or someone lost a grand final or a chance to make the grand final."

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