Referees

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Wayne Bennett hails 'gutsy' Knights in 'best win of the season' over Sydney Roosters

Brett Keeble Knights coach Wayne Bennett, who announced on Monday that he would be returning to Brisbane to coach the Broncos at the end of this season, described the gutsy victory as one of the best in his three...

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Melbourne Storm blow rudderless Brisbane Broncos off finals course

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Steve Mascord When there’s a change of coach, players either try to impress the new man or lift in solidarity with their vanquished leader.

Sharks captain Wade Graham takes pop at referees as coach laments technical shortcomings

Not their year: Dejected Sharks captain Wade Graham leaves the field after another loss for Cronulla.

Michael Carayannis Cronulla skipper Wade Graham hasn’t held back in his criticism of the on-field officials describing their performances as “on par” with his struggling team.

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'We're struggling and so are they': Sharks stand-in captain Wade Graham slams referees

Darren Walton Cronulla captain Wade Graham branded NRL referees as poor as the hapless Sharks after his bottom-placed side handed North Queensland their first away win of the season on Friday night.

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Blake Ferguson completes referees course

Whistle-blower ... Blake Ferguson has completed a referees course.

Ben Horne Troubled rugby league star Blake Ferguson has taken a further step towards proving he's a fit person to return to the NRL, after completing his referees course.

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Referees should be seen and not heard

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Phil Gould Please get the microphones and the television cameras off the referees. I haven’t raised this subject for a number of years, but in light of recent events, I would like to reaffirm my objection...

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NRL referees aren't approachable, says Titans' Greg Bird

Titans skipper Greg Bird.

Ed Jackson Gold Coast co-captain Greg Bird says NRL referees are unapproachable and their lack of dialogue with players is resulting in increasing frustration.

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NRL referees to blame for lippy players, says Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright

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Steve Mascord John Cartwright says referees only have themselves to blame for the surge in dissent.

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Referees' boss Tony Archer defends Sunday sin-bins, but concedes Origin blooper

Chris Barrett NRL referees boss Tony Archer is adamant Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins did not lose control of last week's fiery second State of Origin clash and backed the whistleblowers who dismissed Parramatta's...

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Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins will stay in charge for State of Origin game two

Offside with the Blues: Referee Shayne Hayne.

Michael Chammas Under-fire referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins have retained their spots and will control game two despite NSW officials being left furious with their game one performance.

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Newcastle Knights dig deep to stun Sydney Roosters

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Brett Keeble Blue and red, never dead. The Newcastle Knights emerged from a week of drama to shock defending premiers Sydney Roosters 16-12 at Hunter Stadium on Friday night, registering one of the most...

Confused Griffin refuses to blame referees for loss

Broncos captain Justin Hodges argues with referee Gavin Badger.

Steve Mascord Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin admitted he was still confused by the obstruction rule but refused to blame match officials for another last ditch defeat.

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Set of Six: Players are making fools of the referees and the game

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Phil Gould We’ve now come full circle on the obstruction dilemma.

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Cameron Smith says referees are 'paranoid' about safety

Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, Ryan Hoffman and Billy Slater of the Storm celebrate a combined total of 1000 games on Friday night.

Michael Chammas Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith believes referees are "paranoid" about player safety and are making incorrect decisions as a result.

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart blasts referees after controversial NRL loss to Penrith Panthers

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Jon Tuxworth Ricky Stuart launched a scathing spray at the referees after Canberra's 26-20 loss to Penrith on Sunday.

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Raiders coach Ricky Stuart's referees rant attracts NRL's attention

Ricky Stuart will learn his fate on Tuesday after an explosive press conference on Sunday.

Lee Gaskin The NRL will sift through Ricky Stuart's explosive referee tirade with a fine-tooth comb before determining if the Canberra Raiders coach will be hit in the hip pocket.

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NSW Blues primed for harsh treatment from referees in State of Origin opener

Targets: Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds with Blues coach Laurie Daley.

Michael Carayannis Laurie Daley has hinted that his side may face an uphill battle to get the 50-50 referee calls as the Blues have struggled to win a penalty count in front of hostile Queensland crowd in recent years.

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State of Origin: Laurie Daley wants answers from referees boss

Paul Gallen of the Blues speaks with referee Shayne Hayne during game one.

Michael Carayannis A frustrated Laurie Daley will meet with referees boss Tony Archer after the Blues coach felt jaded with a host of calls which he believed went against his side.

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Geoff Toovey targets referees despite win

Sam Kasiano of the Bulldogs is placed on report.

Michael Carayannis Geoff Toovey’s side may have walked away with a 32-10 win, but it was the referees who have again come under fire from the Manly coach.

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Peter Wallace blames referees after Panthers' narrow loss to Storm

Michael Chammas The Panthers went down 18-17 to Melbourne at AAMI Park on Saturday night, with several contentious refereeing decisions going against them.