Another round is in the books, and with some very close games, a couple of milestones and refereeing controversy, there is plenty to discuss. Here are my talking points from Round 17. We need to talk about the referees… Again Unfortunately, I can’t hold off talking about it any longer in this column. For a multi-million dollar business and sport, with hundreds of thousands of fans, media coverage and paying spectators, the quality of officiating is a joke. There is no beating around the bush here. I didn’t come out all guns blazing against the officials last week, but something has to be said, because it’s going to cost someone come the finals. From the interpretation of what a knock on is, so the first and second halves of State of Origin Game 3 looking like a different sport because of the way they were officiated, the code can’t afford to stand for this level of incompetence. Now, I’m not going at 50-50 calls here, and I’m not going for the officials in particular. I get that it’s a hard job, and those calls are going to happen, but when they are paid fulltime to be officials, it’s not good… Read full this story
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