Canterbury coach Des Hasler has given his support to under-fire Sydney Roosters mentor Trent Robinson, labelling the NRL bunker inconsistent.
While careful not to wade into criticism of the whistleblowers following Robinson’s $40,000 fine for his post-Anzac Day match comments, Hasler said some of the decisions made by the $2 million central video refereeing system had left fans, players and coaches confused.
“You talk about the word inconsistent,” Hasler said. “The technology is there, the interpretation is probably the biggest issue and that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Robinson let fly at match officials following Sunday’s 20-18 loss to St George Illawarra, saying the bunker’s decision to intervene and penalise Dylan Napa for a high shot on Taane Milne had cost his side a chance to compete for a win.
The subject of when the video refs can intervene and instruct the on-field officials is set to be a big talking point when the coaches meet NRL hierarchy during next week’s bye round.
Hasler was careful with his words when asked if Robinson’s criticism was warranted, having last year copped a $20,000 fine for his infamous “Voldemorts” spray.
“Coming from one that’s been down that track, it’s best I don’t comment,” Hasler said.
“The rules are the rules, as I found out.”
However, he was critical of a plan from Rugby League Central to introduce a salary cap for each club’s football department.
“I think it’s a big debate, let’s be honest, to tell an organisation how to run their business,” Hasler said.
“That’s probably a debate that needs to be had at board level.”