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Des Hasler: Are poor decisions ruining the NRL?

It was another great weekend of sport and another weekend of some questionable decisions from Referees, Linesmen, video refs and the rest.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has called on the NRL to implement the captain’s challenge system as a way to quell the refereeing crisis.

Rugby league greats Andrew Johns and Peter Sterling on Sunday accused the governing body of over-coaching the referees and sapping them of confidence. Brown said the bunker was being over used and supported it being stripped back in favour of a captain’s challenge.

The NRL trialled the system in Newcastle’s loss to St George Illawarra two years ago and Brown said it reduced the reliance on the video referee.

Des Hasler weighed in on the situation this morning with John Stanley and Mark Riddell.

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has doubled down on his criticism of the NRL, claiming he and the Raiders are victims of double standards off the field.

Still fuming after the NRL admitted play should have been stopped after a touch judge raised his flag in the lead-up to a Cronulla try in the Raiders’ 28-24 loss on Friday night, Stuart claims head office holds him to a different standard to other coaches.

Speaking on radio on Saturday, Stuart said he was unable to answer when asked whether there was a bias against his club.

“If I said there was a bias against the Raiders, they would be onto me a lot quicker than they are at the moment,” Stuart said.

“Yet there was another coach in the game who said there was a bias against his club and nothing was done. We get treated differently here. I’ve been to a number of other clubs, this club gets treated differently to other clubs I have been involved in and other clubs I know have got a higher profile and who they need in their competition.”