The National Rugby League has been made to look rather ordinary as a
result of two “non-decisions” it took yesterday. And as both decisions
affected the Sydney Roosters, there will be those
who will claim this is all more evidence that the Roosters are
“favoured” by the NRL. I don’t go along with that, but the two
“non-decisions” do the NRL, and its various processes, little credit.

Firstly, the Roosters coach, Ricky Stuart, was not fined for his public
comments directed at referee Paul Simpkins’s performance in the
Roosters v Bulldogs game – and the Adrian Morley send off in
particular. Instead of being fined, Stuart received an official
“reprimand” in the
form of a long-winded statement from the NRL CEO that read more like an
abject apology than anything else!

It seems to me that he avoided the mandatory $10,000 fine because he
did not say that referees had “targeted” Adrian Morley, just that the
send off decision was “disgraceful”.

There is more than one coach around today, whose club is $10,000
lighter, who will be amused, if not angered, by that! If Stuart was not
saying that referees were targeting Morley, then his captain, Luke
Ricketson, most certainly was! Sunday’s media ran a truly pathetic story from Ricketson that he fears
Morley will be “run out of the game” if referees keep treating him more
harshly than other players.

What a joke! Read the full story on the site here.

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