WHY IS NRL BUNKER NOT FORWARD THINKING?
Raiders v Eels:
They have enough technology in the NRL Bunker to launch a space shuttle. So why on earth don’t we allow the match officials to go to the Bunker for contentious forward pass calls that lead to potential tries?
As Brad Arthur said after the 19-0 loss to Canberra, the decision that went against the Eels midway through the first half that robbed them of a crucial try when the scores were at 0-0 was “a big call”.
“I don’t think it was forward,” Arthur said.
“That might have been nice if we had put the ball under the posts 6-0 after defending our line for 20 minutes.”
In the context of the match and potentially the Eels’ season, it was a huge moment.
Yet it wasn’t afforded a second look.
The replays suggested it wasn’t a forward pass.
Everyone understands the onfield refs have to make split second decisions and they are not going to get them all right.
But the NRL prides itself on having world-class technology yet we continue to fall back on the same outdated 20th century theory that replays cannot definitely rule on forward passes. It’s a joke.
At that point the possession split was 64-36 per cent in favour of Canberra and the Eels had defended 22 tackles to zero in their own quarter.
That call changed the match.
There is no way of knowing if it ultimately cost Parramatta victory but, as Arthur said, given their defensive workload early in the match it would have been a huge psychological boost.
Right now Arthur is fighting to save his job and there are 14 players at Parramatta chasing a new contract for next season. Livelihoods are at stake.
If the technology is available, why can’t it be used?
— Paul Crawley