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Rick Williams, the man who introduced the bunker to NRL, warned of Wests Tigers-style dramas

Former ice hockey referee Rick Williams, the man who introduced the bunker concept to the NRL.

Former ice hockey referee Rick Williams, the person who launched the bunker idea to the NRL.

“When it first began, I stated to Graham, ‘you might be getting guys into the bunker who wish to referee the sport. You possibly can’t do this, it’s not proper.’ That’s the best way it has gone, which is unlucky.

“It’s a superb software for them, however it ought to simply be for scoring. It’s simply gone additional and additional and that is what occurs.”

Williams, an Australia-based Canadian, who has officiated ice jockey at Olympic degree, stated the over-reliance on the bunker would at all times result in the kind of drama that overshadowed the Tigers-Cowboys sport.

“The sport was over, after which they bought the decision from the bunker and I went, ‘oh no,’” Williams stated.

“I’d have simply tapped on my ear [if I was the referee] and stated, ‘Sorry, I can’t hear you’ and bought the hell out of there. Let the referee make the choice. I wouldn’t wish to be a referee within the NRL, my head would explode.

“The referees have to be pissed off as a result of each time one thing occurs they get somebody of their earpiece saying, ‘We’ve bought to try this.’ Simply allow them to do their job.”

The NHL’s ‘situation room’ is the inspiration for the NRL’s bunker.

The NHL’s ‘state of affairs room’ is the inspiration for the NRL’s bunker.

Andrew Johns’ referenced Williams in his most recent Herald column and agreed the bunker ought to solely be used for attempt evaluations.

Williams stated the NHL prevented the controversies plaguing league by having former coaches and gamers within the state of affairs room and limiting what they may rule on.


“It’s been working within the NHL for practically 20 years, and it’s seamless, no worries in any respect,” he stated. “Everyone seems to be proud of it. [The NRL] have gone nicely past what it was designed for.”

Requested if the NRL can be higher off with out the bunker, the 66-year-old stated: “The best way it’s used now, sure. It’s interrupting the sport. However whether it is only for scoring [it’s worth keeping].

“It’s sensible for what it’s designed for, however nothing else.”

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