The Herald revealed Fittler sought a gathering with Maxwell earlier than sport one in regards to the techniques of a few of Queensland’s greatest gamers, and he advised Grant Atkins has been “doing job” within the NRL.
Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher argued there wanted to be independence within the technique of appointing match officers regardless of the Blues’ protests in regards to the officiating, and argued there have been all the time going to be debatable calls.
“It’s going to occur,” he mentioned. “For all of us who grew up on having a sport refereed with a foul resolution right here and there, the nice choices outweigh the dangerous. A part of taking part in sport is educating you nothing’s good. They’re human beings and they’re going to make errors.
“There needs to be as a lot independence within the appointment of referees as potential, and the main standards needs to be competence. And I feel when you’ve got one facet saying we would like referee B as a result of referee B will interpret the foundations extra to our liking, then I feel we’ve acquired issues.”
Fittler has additionally put the onus again on his group to offer extra safety for Cleary after quite a few center forwards failed to offer ample safety as a “blocker” subsequent to the ruck on last-tackle performs at Accor Stadium.
The difficulty of “blockers” created a firestorm throughout final yr’s finals collection when former South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett accused Cleary’s Panthers of utilizing an unlawful play to safeguard their star man.
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