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Brad Walter is Chief Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Dangerous tackles spark calls for referees to send more players off

Brad Walter Referees have been encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopordises the safety of an opponent after NRL officials expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last...

NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson won't join Parramatta Eels before finishing Rugby League World Cup duties

Daniel Anderson

Brad Walter NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson has given an undertaking he will fulfil his commitments at the coming World Cup before joining Parramatta in the newly created role of general manager of football.

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Referees' boss Harrigan furious at Stuart's try concession claim

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Brad Walter Referees' boss Bill Harrigan has denied telling NSW coach Ricky Stuart that Greg Inglis's match-winning try for Queensland in last night's State of Origin should not have been awarded.

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Referees just 'not experienced enough' for big game, say Blues

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Brad Walter BLUES officials are privately fuming that Brent Tate or Matt Scott wasn't sent to the sin bin along with Michael Jennings after the first-half brawl on Wednesday night, and believe the incident...

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Robinson too lenient, referees bosses admit

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Brad Walter REFEREE bosses Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper last night told ARL Commission chief executive David Gallop they stood by the controversial Greg Inglis try in Origin I, but admitted Jason Robinson...

Meeting about referees still high on Stuart agenda despite sudden exit

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Brad Walter NSW coach Ricky Stuart still expects to discuss the refereeing in State of Origin with senior NRL officials after having a meeting scheduled with outgoing chief executive David Gallop on the subject.

Josh Reynolds' meltdown a case for NRL to consider yellow- and red-card system

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Brad Walter The brain explosion that led to Canterbury five-eighth Josh Reynolds facing a third judiciary appearance in six matches was the worst since the one that ended Travis Burns' NRL career two years ago...

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NRL teams told it's all right to push in scrums

Beneficiary: Sam Tomkins picked up the ball and had a free run to the line after the Warriors' scrum took the Eels by surprise.

Brad Walter NRL teams have been given the green light to push in scrums after the Warriors successfully revived the tactic to score a try in last Saturday night's 48-0 romp against Parramatta at Mt Smart Stadium.

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Demise and dissent on the field directly linked to lack of accountability off it

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Brad Walter Mark down April 2 as the date when Cronulla's 2014 premiership hopes effectively ended after the Sharks announced that suspended coach Shane Flanagan would rejoin the club next season on a new three...

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State of Origin: The words that inspired NSW's success

Phil Gould speaks to his troops after the game one victory in 2004.

Brad Walter, Michael Carayannis and Michael Chammas A newspaper column by NSW’s most successful State of Origin coach Phil Gould and some stirring half-time words from star fullback Jarryd Hayne and rookie prop Aaron Woods helped inspire the Blues to...

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Sydney Roosters not crowing after Anzac day romp, just warming up for shot at back-to-back NRL titles

Unstoppable: Aidan Guerra opens the scoring for the Roosters.

Brad Walter Sydney Roosters players vowed they still had plenty of room for improvement after getting their premiership defence back on track with a crushing 34-14 defeat of St George Illawarra in the annual...

League

New NRL technology will measure refs' policing of the 10 metres

Todd Greenberg

Brad Walter "Get 'em onside ref" has been an age-old cry in rugby league but for the first time NRL match officials will be measured on how well they police the 10-metre rule in games.

League

Anthony Minichiello magic inspires Sydney Roosters' rout of Eels

Anthony Minichiello

Brad Walter Anthony Minichiello scored the first hat-trick of his illustrious 15-year career on a horror night for Parramatta.

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'It was pretty clear that was a send off': Robinson slams decision to leave Lussick on the field

Heat of the moment: Eels and Roosters players square up after Darcy Lussick's high tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Brad Walter Darcy Lussick apologised to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for an ugly high shot that had Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson questioning why the Parramatta forward wasn't sent off during the premiers...

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Parramatta Eels forward Darcy Lussick facing six-week ban

The aftermath: Darcy Lussick's hit on Waerea-Hargreaves sparked an altercation.

Brad Walter Parramatta forward Darcy Lussick faces a six-match ban after being charged with a grade-four reckless high tackle for his shot on Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves on the weekend.

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Fifita signing a fast reaction to new rule interpretations

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Brad Walter Canterbury's recruitment of Cronulla prop Andrew Fifita and hooker Michael Lichaa is the first reaction to the new rule interpretations introduced in the NRL this season.

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Wests Tigers upset Souths in Bunnies boilover

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Brad Walter Tim Simona scored two tries in his NRL return for Wests Tigers but it was a tackle he made on Greg Inglis that had the biggest impact on Friday night's match at ANZ Stadium after the South Sydney...

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St George Illawarra coach Steve Price critical of 10-metre ruling

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Brad Walter St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has questioned the consistency of the 10-metre rule in Friday night's 36-20 loss to Brisbane and suggested that opposition teams were taking advantage of new...

League

NRL charges four players from South Sydney-Wests Tigers match

Fight night: The fiery clash between Souths and Wests Tigers on Friday.

Brad Walter The NRL match review committe has charged four players from Friday night's spiteful match between South Sydney and Wests Tigers, but Rabbitohs prop George Burgess is the only one likely to miss a...

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Parramatta Eels captain Jarryd Hayne won't be sanctioned by NRL over referee comments

Parramatta co-captain Jarryd Hayne remonstrates with referee Jared Maxwell at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

Brad Walter Parramatta skipper Jarryd Hayne has been cleared of any breach of NRL rules for his criticism of the match officials in Sunday's last minute loss to Manly at Brookvale Oval.

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