yourhero wrote:Bagging the refs has somehow formed part of the Rugby League DNA. It will need a significant focus over a long period of time to change that. I don't know whether the code is ready for it to be honest...
Coaches bag the ref
Players bag the ref
Media personalities blame the ref
Fans blame the ref
No other sporting code in the world has such a focus on the officiating. Union is similar - I would argue with scrums and line-outs, have more room for ref interpretation but their game gets by with the refs seemingly invisible.
Agreed totally and it needs a massive change, disgraceful the way it currently is. Gerard Whateley ABC commentator even mentioned yesterday about Flanagans press conference "in a typically NRL way" and treated it with disdain. Maybe also a symptom of The Daily Telegraph readers psyche spreading across all medias.
The RaRa set are a bit more genteel and hence don't buy into bagging the ref's as much.
I watched Freddies Monday wrap and jeez didn't he crucify us. I hope we're on our utmost best behaviour in two weeks (and win) as we don't need to give the bastards any extra ammunition for the big one.