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Raiders fume despite refs' axing

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Jon Tuxworth

Raiders CEO Don Furner is upset with refereeing decisions made during Canberra's match against Newcastle on Sunday.

Raiders CEO Don Furner is upset with refereeing decisions made during Canberra's match against Newcastle on Sunday. Photo: Colleen Petch

Canberra chief executive Don Furner has launched a stinging attack on the refereeing in Sunday's loss to Newcastle, after whistleblowers Brett Suttor and Gerard Sutton were dumped from officiating NRL games next weekend.

Despite the referees being dropped, Furner said the damage had already been done by two contentious no-calls which resulted in injuries to Raiders players Blake Ferguson and Jack Wighton.

The Raiders are angry that Newcastle's Danny Buderus was not penalised for an apparent shoulder charge on Ferguson. Ferguson has a fractured eye socket and is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

Raiders winger Wighton also suffered a wrist injury when he was knocked to the ground awkwardly by Knights winger Akuila Uate while contesting a bomb.

Wighton has been cleared of a broken wrist but is recovering from bone bruising and has been named to play against the Roosters at Canberra Stadium on Sunday night.

"I don't care what anyone says, had it been Blake Ferguson shoulder charging Danny Buderus, it would have been a penalty at Newcastle Stadium,'' Furner said.

"Likewise Jack Wighton being taken out in the air with Akuila Uate, had it been reversed, had one of our players taken out [ theirs], we would have been penalised.

"It [injuries] compounds it and makes it worse, the reality is they were two penalties which should have gone our way that didn't.

"You don't go up to Newcastle expecting to get 50-50 calls, but we have mandatory penalties that should have been awarded, not awarded.

''They've come out and dropped the referees, but it doesn't help.

''I don't know how a penalty could not have been awarded when it's [the shoulder charge] been a hot topic all year.''

NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson attended the game and has spoken with Raiders officials.

Anderson did not return calls, but it's understood he has expressed disappointment in the performance of the two on-field referees.

Neither Buderus or Uate were penalised or cited on Monday.

The NRL released its match review findings on Tuesday afternoon.

In relation to the Buderus incident, the report read that the Newcastle hooker had: ''in attempting a shoulder charge, made contact with his shoulder/upper arm to the body of Blake Ferguson. Minor clash of heads, further contact was made from the arm of [Knights forward] Neville Costigan to the head/neck of Blake Ferguson who was dropping. Could have been penalised.''

The report stated it did not believe the Wighton incident warranted a penalty. ''Akuila Uate made contact with his shoulder to the hip of Jack Wighton, who was in the air competing for the ball. No further action.''

Raiders coach David Furner was fined $5000 for questioning the integrity of referees after a loss at Manly last year, but is particularly unhappy at the Buderus incident.

''I'm extremely disappointed something like that could be missed,'' he said.

''There's been a lot said about shoulder charges and player safety, and now I've lost a player after an incident there which was a shoulder charge and not acted on.

''It's cost the two referees first grade [spots] but I could lose a player anywhere up to six or eight weeks.''

Ferguson met with a surgeon on Wednesday morning, and it was anticipated he would be back in three to four weeks.

Ferguson could have been sidelined for up to eight weeks if he'd required an operation.

The Raiders have other injury concerns from the match.

Winger Sandor Earl (hamstring) and hooker Glen Buttriss (shoulder) also remain in some doubt for the crucial clash against the in-form Roosters.

Buttriss said he was confident of playing after his injury responded well to treatment this week.

19 comments

  • Whilst the Raiders aren't my #1 team, i wish they would endear themselves as #2. And they do play a good, attacking and creative brand of league.

    But over the past few year it seems like after every loss, between the CT, Win News and Raiders management, we get this constant headline of "ref robs Raiders relentlessly".

    Man up Raiders, get over it, you're only crying over spilt lime milk.

    Commenter
    Hacka
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    April 03, 2013, 6:30AM
    • Hacka

      1) did you actually watch the game? If you did, you would understand why the club and the fans are so angry about it...it was a travesty...and it didnt just cost us the game, it led to an injury to two of our young guns.

      2) The fact that the referees were stood down and the NRL admitted they were blatant referee errors suggests we are not whinging without reason.

      Now go back to supporting your #1 team...we dont want Raiders to be your #2 team (who, over the age of 10, has 2 teams that they support anyway!?

      Commenter
      Stavros
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 10:34AM
    • Do you actually watch all of the Raiders games? As a footy fan and yes the Raiders are my No 2 team (Manly No 1)... the Raiders get more dodgy calls then any other team, and yes I watch all games be it on Fox or 9. They have every right to complain, but in the case against Newcastle they at no stage blamed the loss on the ref's calls... they knew they had been outplayed, but if you go back to the bad calls by the ref's, this does have an impact on the flow of the game... so as far as crying over spilt milk... are the fans not entitled to be a little upset when it is consistently happening to their team and as far as the Raiders are concerned I think they handle the refs error pretty well... but I suppose they are use to it!

      Commenter
      AllyA
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 10:49AM
    • Stavros - turn it up - 28-12 and you reckon the ref changed the result ? No wonder you don't have a #2 team.

      You'd imagine the Raiders would rather like all those Canberran's who's #2 team is the Raiders actually going through the gates and attending games.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 12:51PM
    • You Factup Hacka. Look at the refereeing stats for the past few seasons. Canberra is inevitably on the wrong end of 50-50 calls. In this case Buderus gets away with a shoulder charge and Fergo gets four weeks on the sideline with injury. Sure the Raiders loss was not all the refs fault, but bad decisions like those mentioned can turn the momentum of a game and as the players are human can also play on their mind.

      Commenter
      Brisraider
      Location
      Queensland
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 6:00PM
  • How Buderus' shoulder charge was not penalised is beyond me. It was the most obvious infringement of Season 2013 and was a simple, simple call for the referees to make. The Fox commentators couldn't believe it either. If had happened in a Souths/Roosters/Bulldogs/Storm game we would never hear the end of it.

    Hacka, the fact both refs got dropped indicates that it isn't the Raiders having a whinge but a genuine case of bad refereeing costing the side a chance at winning. This happened to us last year as well (Round One) but rather than dropping the refs for the next round, we'd just prefer a fair crack at getting two points.

    Commenter
    Luca Brasi
    Date and time
    April 03, 2013, 8:21AM
    • Ref's are human just like everyone else. They make mistakes. It would be hard to determine the severity of an incident, especially if it was a 3 second slam. It was poor judgement, but don't be so harsh.

      Commenter
      BB
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 12:26PM
  • Furner is smoking something if he thinks the Uate incident was anything but an accident. Seriously, you got beaten so why cry? It only shows how petulant you really are.

    Commenter
    Knights fan
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    April 03, 2013, 8:25AM
    • Wayne Bennet is the BIGGEST whinger in the NRL..... Be quiet KNights fan or your words will come back to bite you.....

      Commenter
      Shogunmatty
      Location
      Reality
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 11:03AM
    • If the incident never happened with Buderus, nothing would have been said about the accident with Uate. Furner just needs something to back up his story.

      Commenter
      Another Knights Fan
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      April 03, 2013, 11:42AM

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