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Cheers to that: Jamie Soward offers NRL a novel solution

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Ian McCullough

Not happy: Panthers captain Jamie Soward remonstrates with referee Matt Cecchin during Sunday's controversial loss to Manly.

Not happy: Panthers captain Jamie Soward remonstrates with referee Matt Cecchin during Sunday's controversial loss to Manly. Photo: Getty Images

After yet another timekeeping bungle in Manly's win over Penrith on Sunday, Jamie Soward says the NRL should take a leaf out of golf's book and bring a touch of Royal Birkdale to Brookvale.

The Panthers were livid after the timekeeper, who it has emerged was standing on a chair in a box in the main stand, failed to hear referee Matt Cecchin call time-off after Tom Symonds' match-winning try due to the crowd noise.

He also couldn't see the whistleblower due to jubilant Sea Eagles fans blocking his view.

Symonds' crossed with just over 50 seconds remaining to cap a remarkable come-from-behind 26-25 win for his side.

But after Cecchin's call to the man in the stand went unheeded, the clock ran down, giving the Panthers no chance to hit back back with a field goal.

Soward was furious at the final siren as Cecchin explained what had happened and almost 48 hours after the incident he's come up with a tongue-in-cheek, left-field solution to prevent a repeat incident.

"I think they (the NRL) are already talking about fixing it up, they are going to get those little people at the golf with the 'shoosh' signs," Soward said.

"That should help us next time when we're in a tight game like that.

"The refs will then be able to hear and 18,000 fans would have to be quiet.

"They can make a call and say 'quiet please' and that way we won't lose 50 seconds off the clock."

Soward failed to hide his disdain for the excuse that the timekeeper couldn't see Cecchin in a game that could potentially cost the Panthers a top-four spot if they fail to beat the Warriors on Sunday.

"He's up high in the box and 18,000 thousand fans are at eye level," he said

"I think the signs could definitely help with that (getting people to sit down).

"We can have six officials during the game, a timekeeper seven, a couple of people holding signs call it 11 ... happy days."

AAP 

5 comments so far

  • Or they could take a leaf out of rugby union and soccer's book and give referees watches, so that they can keep time.

    Commenter
    ST
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    September 02, 2014, 2:14PM
    • I really like the soccer stoppage time system as well

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 02, 2014, 2:37PM
      • Or, Jamie, you could just make sure that you get far enough in front on the scoreboard so that you don't need to worry!

        Commenter
        Phil J.
        Location
        Seaforth
        Date and time
        September 02, 2014, 5:41PM
        • Crikey, hope this doesn't happen in the grand final, they'll be shushing 80 thouuuusand people

          Commenter
          Oscar
          Location
          ACT
          Date and time
          September 02, 2014, 6:35PM
          • Seriously. 2014 and the administrators can't keep time yet. There is nothing that can be said, this is just laughable.
            Give the ref a stopwatch, let the ref control time on/off on the field. Sync his stopwatch with a game clock at the ground that is visible. Pretend we are in the 21st century and have modern electronics and wireless interfaces, and that someone has the least idea.
            Pathetic.

            Commenter
            Gus
            Location
            Regional NSW
            Date and time
            September 03, 2014, 12:38AM

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