Opinions divided over calls for captain's challenge
Senior players Boyd Cordner and Sam Burgess are open to the idea of the NRL introducing a captain's challenge to allow players on the paddock more control in the wake of Friday night's controversial try awarded to Cronulla winger Sione Katoa.
The pair were also united in wanting to keep the Referees Bunker operating but wanted a more streamlined system in decision making.
The support from the NSW Origin captain comes a day after Knights coach Nathan Brown told Channel Nine's the Sunday Footy Show it was time to trial the captain's challenge in games not including sides in contention for the Telstra Premiership finals.
This happened between Newcastle and St George Illawarra in Round 26, 2015, where Brown said the captain's call worked well and kept the game flowing. Two challenges per team, after a try is scored, and if a challenge is successful that side maintains its quota of appeals.
"Why not? If it's going to help make the decision making better in that side of the game," Cordner said on Monday, at the launch of Fox Sports' 'Retro Round' next weekend.
"One-hundred per cent I'd be comfortable making a call as captain."
Burgess was a little more cautions because of the number of stoppages already in a game.
"There is a lot of thinking needs to go into that," the Rabbitohs enforcer said. "For me, there is no point me wasting time on it at the minute. Someone will make the decision and we will work out where we go from there."
Burgess was asked if players liked the Referees Bunker at all, considering the two most recent howlers of Sean O'Sullivan [Roosters] in round 18 and Katoa [Sharks] in round 19 tries being awarded that were later deemed incorrect calls?
"When they get it right," Burgess replied.
"I think while we have it we might as well use it. It does become very hard if you get a rule book out and watch something frame by frame. It becomes very hard to adjudicate - the game is not played frame by frame.
"But leave the bunker in - probably better than not having it in.
"If it is not in, people complain about it not being in. So have the bunker in, let them do their job and we will try to do ours on the field as well."
Cordner agreed the technology needed to stay.
"I think you have to have a video referee but there are definitely ways it can be improved," he said.
"If you take the bunker away, some of the tries miss, then you you'll be going 'Why don't we have the bunker? So let's have the bunker, but try and find an easier way to come to a decision."
Those at the centre of Friday night's slip-up from the match officials, Cronulla's halves Chad Townsend and Matt Moylan had mixed thoughts.
"It's an interesting one, I'm a big NFL fan and they have the coaches challenge," Townsend said.
"Maybe it's worth trialling and seeing how it goes but there's a lot more important people in higher places than me to make those decisions.
"As players you just want consistency across the refereeing. I feel sorry for the referees. They're humans as well and are getting all this heat. They're trying their best."
Moylan wasn't as confident the introduction of a captain's challenge would fix the current system in place.
"I think it's another way to mess with the game," Moylan said.
"There's already so much scrutiny under decisions that it could have a negative effect or positive, I don't know."
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