Daryl Powell’s simple solution to improving the level of refereeing in Super League

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell believes clubs need to work closer with match officials to improve the quality of the game.

Powell has been vocal in sharing his opinions on referees this season, previously stating that the level of officiating in Super League is not good enough.

The Tigers boss says more can and should be done to help the men in the middle improve before the start of next season.

“I think we have to work with referees more closely to help them to understand what the game needs,” Powell said.

“From both sides of it, from referees to us, what do they need from us, what do we need from them.

“I spoke to Dave Rotherham about this. I think it is absolutely crucial that we can work together to enhance the sport.

“There have been quite a few experienced referees drop out of the sport and there are quite a lot of young referees in now and I think the more we can help as coaches, and as teams, the standard can be as good as it can be.

“Surely, that is what we all want. We all want to be as good as we possibly can. Players, coaches, referees are just the same and I think we can work more closely to make sure that happens.”

Another controversial topic in the sport is how much influence the video referees have during matches.

Video referees, introduced back in 1976 by Norm Provan, are utilised at live televised games to assist on-field match officials.

On being asked whether they should be used more during Super League fixtures, Powell said: “You do not want to stop the game too much.

“I think there are instances where you look at other sports and I would say football has gone too far the other way at the moment.

“Looking at the handball situations and others. But you do not want too many stoppages, but there have been a couple against us this year where a couple of send offs have not happened and it just increases frustration.

“I think it used to happen but they have stopped doing it now, I do not know why.

“There is the potential for some foul play instances that referees have clearly not seen [to be reviewed] so there may be something in that.”