Manly’s Dylan Walker is sent to the sin bin.
Manly’s Dylan Walker is sent to the sin bin.

Monday Buzz: Another bungling round of NRL madness

A SEND-off, 14 sin-bins, punches, timekeeper blunders and another game-deciding refereeing mistake.

Good morning. This is your crisis merchant reporting on another bungling round of NRL madness.

A multibillion-dollar professional sporting organisation that can't even get its timekeeping right.

Your columnist has been saying for two years that the NRL's football department needs a bomb put under it, that head of football Brian Canavan is the loveliest bloke but out of his depth.

The timekeeping fiasco in Melbourne, when two sin-binned Manly Sea Eagles players were allowed back on to the field after eight minutes instead of 10, is surely proof of that.

The only saving grace was that it wasn't a close finish.

Curtis Scott lands a punch on Dylan Walker
Curtis Scott lands a punch on Dylan Walker

Every weekend we see mistakes that mum and dad volunteers wouldn't make on the score tables at park footy.

Yet in typical NRL fashion, the blame for the timekeeper fiasco has been shifted to the clubs.

It was their fault, their responsibility, not the NRL's.

Never mind the fact that Storm general manager Frank Ponissi warned NRL ground manager Matt Hicks that he had stuffed up.

Why isn't there a countdown sin bin clock on the scoreboards anyway?

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg's biggest weakness is his failure to recognise there is actually a weakness.

He fines or criticises those who speak out publicly rather than trying to fix the actual problem.

Anyone who criticises the game or his leadership is a ­crisis merchant.

We're told to either "grow-up" or "talk the game up".

The whole brawl episode in Melbourne was handled ­poorly.

Curtis Scott was sent off, which was the one correct ­decision.

Api Koroisau was sin-binned for a king hit as bad as Scott's. He should have been sent off, too.

Dylan Walker was sin-binned for protecting himself.

Two referees, two touch judges, three in the bunker and they get one out of three right.

Dylan Walker shows off fractured eye socket caused by Curtis Scott’s punch.
Dylan Walker shows off fractured eye socket caused by Curtis Scott’s punch.
Henry Perenara

On Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, the Broncos beat the Roosters via a penalty that shouldn't have been awarded.

Roosters prop Dylan Napa charged out of the line and smashed Korbin Sims.

A high-speed tackle that accidentally went wrong.

He was sin-binned and the Broncos scored the matchwinning try.

Next morning the NRL's match review committee watched dozens of replays and decided Napa had, in fact, no case to answer.

It should have been a scrum feed to the Roosters, five tackles, then a field goal opportunity for Cooper Cronk to get the two points.

Making the situation worse was the fact the referee was Gerard Sutton, brother of refs' boss Bernard Sutton.

The outrage became greater because the Broncos had now won 15 consecutive games under Sutton on their home ground.

Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa is sent off to sin bin.
Roosters enforcer Dylan Napa is sent off to sin bin.

Last week I phoned a senior NRL executive and said it was madness to send Sutton to Suncorp for this game.

There needed to be a ­cooling-off period and everyone was talking about putting him under unnecessary pressure, considering the statistics.

I said: "What if the Broncos win from a controversial ­decision?"

The reply I received was that they won't be influenced by outsiders. Up yours.

There have been monumental blunders all year yet no accountability.

Ashley Klein incorrectly awarded a matchwinning penalty to the Broncos in golden point against the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown. The NRL admitted he got it wrong.

The NRL then promoted him to the biggest game of the year, the Anzac Day Roosters versus St George Illawarra game. Stuff the Wests Tigers.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg.

Referee Chris Butler incorrectly disallowed a magnificent Josh Addo-Carr try at Kogarah two weeks ago. The decision turned the game. Again, no accountability. He stayed in first grade. Stuff the Storm.

The fact Greenberg is ­ignoring the public outcry and genuine criticism is the ­problem.

The fans have had enough. Social media polls over the weekend showed us that.

He needs to fix the football department immediately.

We're sick of dummy halves purposely throwing the ball at defenders to milk penalties. We're sick of the huge penalty counts. We've had more shots at penalty goals in the first 11 rounds than the entire 2017 season.

No more spin. No more fake crowd figures or TV ratings. Just fix the problems.

We want to write about great moments like the James Roberts' try, not this other rubbish. We want our game back.


Panthers v Tigers

Trent Merrin 23'

Alex Twal 59'

Eels v Warriors

Isaiah Papali'i 34'

Broncos v Roosters

Dylan Napa 75'

Tevita Pangai Junior 80'

Titans v Knights

Moeaki Fotuiaka 43'

Jarrod Wallace 52'

Cowboys v Rabbitohs

Cody Walker 7' ▼

Storm v Sea Eagles

Jake Trbojevic 38'

Curtis Scott 52' (send-off)

Dylan Walker 52'

Apisai Koroisau 52'

Joshua Addo-Carr 76'

Dragons v Raiders

Jordan Rapana 61'

Sharks v Bulldogs

Josh Dugan 80'