Robbo faces fine for confronting refs at halftime of the Storm game

Source: Daily Telegraph.

Source: Daily Telegraph.

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.


2 responses to “Robbo faces fine for confronting refs at halftime of the Storm game

  1. Somewhat related and in response to the match review committee’s finding that Cooper Cronk had “no case to answer” in the RTS incident, I fired some questions at the Roosters Player-Welfare asking what their response in this matter would be (if any) and what recourse was open to them as the club representing the player (victim) involved to the NRL. They Rooster’s explained as the rules have it, there was little they could do except ‘quietly’ voice their disappointment to the NRL over the entire handling of the matter.
    But not stopping there I decided to stir the pot further and fired another email at the RLPA and requested they detail their responsibilities as they see them of the players they represent, and again asking whether they were inclined to make any representation to the NRL on behalf of the player concerned and seek some explanation as to the decision handed down. I’ll continue to wait for an emailed response before I make a face to face appointment for a suitable answer.
    I find it absurd that 3 ex-NRL players alone from a match-review panel feel they have the necessary expertise to ascertain what constitutes ‘dangerous’ in the case of an outlawed lifting tackle where the shoulders/neck/head comes in contact with the ground underneath the weight of one/two or more tacklers. Surely such a decision is a blatant failure of the NRL’s duty of care policy.


    • There needs to be a charge every time, even if it results in an early plea and no dismissal. The only thing preventing serious injury after this tackle is pot luck.


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