Maybe Trent Robinson wasn’t as calm as we all thought he appeared in the post-match presser.
According to The Australian today:
Robinson is facing a possible fine after approaching the referees in the tunnel at the Sydney Football Stadium during the half-time break on Saturday night.
While there is no suggestion he was abusive, NRL guidelines outlaw any contact with match officials during half-time. Roosters chief operating officer Brian Canavan revealed Robinson had apologised to the officials after the match and confirmed the incident was under review.
“They’re going to review it as part of their normal weekly round-up,” Canavan said. “I spoke to (NRL football operations manager) Nathan McGuirk on it last night. There was nothing offensive said at all.”
Robbo appeared calm and said the better team won in the post match press conference, refusing to blame the referees for the loss. Several fans said on Twitter it’s because he’s too good for that, and they are right — he would be the last coach to blame a referee for a loss, as Saturday would have been the perfect time to do so.
But approaching the referees, even if its just to have a quiet word, is a no-no.
Robinson will be fined over the incident, if only because the precedent for the season needs to be set. After all, if Robbo doesn’t get fined, that opens the floodgates for Geoff Toovey to do a similar thing.
And no-one wants that, least of all any referee who likes their eardrums.