2022-07-04 10:12:00

NRL360 host Braith Anasta has labelled referee Gerard Sutton’s decision to penalise Roosters hooker Sam Verrils for a dangerous tackle one of “the worst calls” ever.

During the Panthers and Roosters clash on Friday night, Sutton blew his whistle after Verrills squatted low, making contact with Penrith forward Scott Sorensen whose face made hit the ground.

Viewers were left dumbfounded by the penalty and the Anasta believes it cost Trent Robinson’s side the game.

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The call handed Ivan Cleary’s side another set and led to a crucial Panthers try as Viliame Kikau burst over the line, handing the mountain men a 14-6 lead going into the break.

“A number of big calls they got wrong in this game, I don’t care who you go for, you watch that game against the Panthers, the refereeing was terrible,” Anasta said.

“It cost the Roosters the game… this was one of the worst calls I have ever seen.”

“Isn’t that a textbook tackle to get down low like that on a big fella,” The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield asked.

“I thought Verrills had slipped himself, the penalty is for putting the ballrunner in a dangerous position, he didn’t put him anywhere,” NRL360 co-host Paul Kent said.

“It was a terrible, terrible decision,” Rothfield said.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield explained crucial mistakes are being made, costing teams vital competition points — suggesting the NRL should reintroduce the second referee.

The NRL controversially cut the two-referee system midway through the 2020 season due to cost-cutting amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Now, Rothfield wants to see it back in the competition to reduce the amount of crucial mistakes being made.

“There has been 80 coaches of NRL clubs since 2010, careers or on the line with some of these mistakes, with borderline clubs fighting for their survival, fighting to make the eight, are victim of these mistakes,” Rothfield said.

“I think they have to bring back the second referee to work the ruck.”

“They are looked after, they are paid to be professional, but they have no understanding of the game,” Kent said.

“I actually feel sorry for them Kenty, because that is the game and the rules changes and the speed, this is why I think they need more help, they need one person just to referee the ruck,” Rothfield said.


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“Maybe Sutton just had a bad night and as players we all have bad nights, you know what happens when you have a bad night, sometimes you don’t play the next week,” Anasta said.

“As far as the Verrills one, what is the technology doing, everybody saw it,” The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio said.

“Once he blows that they can’t go oh wait that isn’t a penalty, it is just too late, this is what I mean, he just had a bad night,” Anasta said.

“He panicked, he had a brain explosion, he had a shocker.”

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Meanwhile, in the Dragons and Raiders clash, playmaker Ben Hunt utilised a loophole in the six-again rule, denying Ricky Stuart’s side a chance to equal the scores and take the game to golden point.

Kent believes that, if a rule can be intentionally broken to gain a benefit, it needs to be removed from the game.

NRL head of football Graham Annesley apologised to the Raiders in his Round 16 briefing, but Kent believes it is time for action.

“Three incidents in two tackles there where players could have gone to the sin bin,” Kent said.

“The six again rule has to be exterminated from the game, we all came in and waxed lyrical and there have been some great benefits to it.


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“But when you have a rule where it is more advantageous to break the rule and cop the penalty than it is to obey the rule, then it is a bad rule.

“The Dragons here they just laid all over and broke the rules, because they knew that a six again, if that is the way they went, which was a mistake, but that’s the way it did go, it didn’t damage them.

“If you intentionally break the rules to gain an advantage it is a sin bin, Ben Hunt did it twice,” Anasta said.

So far this season, Kent believes Ricky Stuart’s Raiders have lost the chance to gain competition points due to refereeing decisions.

Earlier in the year, Matt Lodge milked a late penalty, which allowed the Warriors to kick a penalty goal and take the game to golden point and now the Dragons’ used the six-again rule to their advantage.

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As it stands, the team from the nation’s capital sit in 11th position on the competition ladder, but with four more points would be in the top eight.

“We have had three coaches sacked already this season, we have a fourth who is looking over his shoulder, the Raiders are on 14 points, you give them the two points that they conceivably could have got there, a penalty would have made it 12-all, send it to golden point,” Kent said.

“Earlier in the year when they played the Warriors, Matt Lodge admitted he dived, which then put that game into golden point which the Warriors then won, that puts the Raiders on 18 points and in the top eight.

“Every club will tell you the difference between that eighth spot and 10th.

“To sit down and when you have two end of game decisions that have cost the Raiders four points, that is significant.

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“It is not good enough to sit there every time and go got that one wrong, sorry about that, better luck next week, blokes are losing their jobs over this.”

“We don’t need another referee in the ruck,” Anasta said.

“You have got the main referee, you have numerous people in the Bunker.”

“But the bottom line is, the system we have now is not working and two teams on 14 points got duped on the weekend,” Rothfield said.

“There is no feel for the game, anyone watching that game on the weekend saw it was a deliberate foul designed to stop the Raiders to have a chance of winning the game,” Kent said.

“It had to be a penalty, yet to referee is going through his checkpoints he has no emotion invested in the game.”

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