Warriors interim coach Todd Payten was left ‘embarrassed’ and ‘infuriated’ at the state of refereeing in the NRL to the point he rang the referees’ boss to give him a piece of his mind.
Payten blasted the officials for four decisions he felt cost his side two points against the Titans in Round 9.
Payten told Newstalk ZB’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that he gave NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton a strongly worded phone call over a number of contentious decisions.
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The Warriors went down 16-12 but crucial calls including a no-try decision made by the bunker against Jack Hetherington proved costly in the four-point loss.
“I’ve had correspondence with the referees’ boss and four of those decisions through the course of the game were wrong, which had a huge bearing on the result,” Payten said.
“It infuriates me, embarrasses me as a coach that we are still having this happen in our game.
“I’ve tried not to spend too much energy on it during the week but addressed it with the referees’ boss who got a piece of my mind.
“At the moment we’re just moving forward … as hard as it is to swallow we’ve just got to get on with it.”
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The Hetherington try would have given the Warriors a potential 18–6 lead, which Payten believes would have been an unbeatable advantage.
“I’m really confident we would have gone on with that – the effect on them and us in terms of energy and mindset,” Payten said.
Payten said the other two calls were an escort penalty against centre Peta Hiku, and the failure to penalise a Titans marker who had tackled dummy half Wayde Egan in front of the posts.
“Big calls, no doubt,” Payten said.
“Our game is still finding ways to get things wrong. With all the technology and everything, it’s not acceptable.”
Originally published asWarriors coach gives NRL referees’ boss ‘a piece of his mind’ over ‘embarrassing’ calls
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