Two refs causing player confusion?
Just days after Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart launched a stinging attack on referees following his side’s 34-14 loss to Penrith, Warriors centre Brent Tate has joined the fight claiming on-field referees contradicting one another is one of the biggest problems in the game.<br><br>Tate said that incidents in which the two referees call two different things are happening far too often, with players being unfairly penalised amidst the confusion.<br><br>On Sunday, Sharks back-rower Paul Gallen was penalised for not playing the ball despite one referee calling “held” and the other telling him to “play on”.<br><br><b><a href="http://www.nrl.com/gameAnalyser/tabId/10910/default.aspx?seasonID=240?seasonid=240&roundid=846&fixtureid=50020101007&videoquality=1&type=handlingerror&period=2&time=1471" target="_blank">CLICK HERE to see this incident unfold.</a></b><br><br>Asked at the time if he blamed the referees for the loss, Stuart said: “No, but I will blame them when Paul Gallen goes to ground, one of the officials says ‘held’ and the other official says ‘play on’. <br><br>“What are the players meant to do? <br><br>“That's where I blame the officials – for their inability in regards to being good at their job.”<br><br>But while Stuart said he wouldn’t bother calling referees boss Robert Finch, Tate this week weighed in to the debate by claiming players were regularly left confused by the two on-field referees.<br><br>“I felt beforehand when there were two referees there that it was sort of hard to get a gauge on their interpretations, especially at the play-the-ball – and I don’t think that’s been fixed,” Tate said of the decision to appoint a dominant referee in some matches.<br><br>“Sometimes you’ve got guys at the back calling ‘surrender’ and the main ref is calling ‘dominant’. They’re getting it mixed up at times. It’s a bit of a grey area.”<br><br>Tate said he wasn’t at all surprised to see a similar situation arise in the Cronulla game.<br><br>“I don’t know how many times I’ve seen or heard that exact situation where you’ve got one at the back calling one thing and the dominant ref calling something out as well,” he said. <br><br>“That happens quite a bit, that sort of thing. I did watch that Cronulla game and that was a classic example, I thought.”<br><br>Finch told NRL.com that referee Jason Robinson was guilty of calling ‘held’ on Gallen too early last Sunday.<br><br>But he insisted that it was up to players to pay attention to the call of the dominant referee alone.<br><br>“In the end, one referee is in charge of the game and he is the one that makes the calls,” Finch said.<br><br>“Regardless of what the pocket referee or the touch judge says, it all comes back to the dominant referee – that’s the only call that matters.<br><br>“The others are just providing him with information.”<br><br>However, Finch admitted there was a chance some players could be confused as to which referee they were hearing.<br><br>“It’s possible,” he said. “Touch judges have always been there to speak to referees but the players couldn’t hear them.<br><br>“They can hear the pocket referee now.<br><br>“But again, there is only one referee making the final call and that was explained to players and coaches from day one.”<br><br>Tate said the pressure on referees was starting to show.<br><br>“I was penalised for back-chatting on the weekend and I didn’t think I even did anything,” he said. <br><br>“I asked him what it was for and he said ‘It was your tone!’<br><br>“But I know it’s a tough gig for them.<br><br>“You can see the pressure they’re under and they are that wound up. <br><br>“It’s a tough job.”<br>