Leeds Rhinos: Mac would like to see officials get more on-field help

Brian McDermott.
Brian McDermott.
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LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott has hinted he may be favour of First Utility Super League introducing an extra match official.

Games in Australia’s NRL are controlled with two referees, but Super League – and the sport at international level – has yet to make that step.

Speaking after Rhinos’ 28-20 defeat at Huddersfield Giants – their 10th loss in 13 league games this term – McDermott said: “It’s not the platform to talk about two referees on the field right now, because we lost.

“But I have got an issue with there is too much loose stuff.

“I am not saying by any means that’s why we are where we are, but it’s tough to lose games where there’s just some decisions that get made which are wrong.

“I am not having a go at anybody, I think it is a really difficult one for referees to try and rule everything.”

The Leeds coach admitted the focus will be on big calls made by the officials when games are decided by a narrow margin.

“If there are big decisions to be made, you would want them to be made right wouldn’t you?” he added.

“If somebody’s going to make the top-four or top-eight, you’d want it to be for the right reasons.

“You might just say ‘take care of what you can control’ and that’s what we are doing.

“I thought [referee] Robert Hicks was good [on Friday], but you can’t see everything.

“I don’t think games should be ruled on what it looked like.

“I’d like them to be ruled on actually what happened.”

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