Hasler calls for NFL-style video reviews in NRL

STEVE JANCETIC
Last updated 14:50 18/09/2012

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Canterbury Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has called on the ARL Commission to adopt an NFL-style video review where the on-field officials are responsible for all decisions.

Reacting to the botched calls made by video referees Steve Clark and Paul Simpkins which cost North Queensland dearly in Friday night's semi-final loss to Manly, Hasler said the extra referees had to be abolished.

Clark and Simpkins incorrectly awarded a match-sealing try to Sea Eagles winger Michael Oldfield, when five-eighth Kieran Foran appeared to knock-on in the lead-up.

In the NFL, the on-field referees gather to watch replays in a sideline booth before explaining their decisions to the crowd.

"If we keep the video referee, then the only ones judging the video referee should be the (on-field) referees," Hasler said.

"Somehow we've got to set up the vision on the sideline for the two referees to go and look at the vision themselves. Let them make the call.

"They're exposed to it the most, they're there in the moment, they do all the work during the week.

"That also removes all benefit of the doubt and it's up to them.

"If they get it wrong, they get it wrong and we move on.

"You see it happening in the NFL and it works really well, we won't waste any more time than what we're doing at the moment with the normal video referee and they've got a better feel for it."

The Bulldogs take on South Sydney before what is sure to be a packed ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, with officials hopeful of breaking the 70,000 mark for the game.

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