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Beaumont: Our game is a laughing stock

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Leigh owner Derek Beaumont says the officiating in Super League is making the game look like a laughing stock.

Speaking following the Centurions 38-0 defeat to league leaders Castleford on Monday, Beaumont praised the Tigers but was enraged by the performance of the officials.

“I can’t accept what went on out there,” he said. “I texted Ralph Rimmer at half-time and said I am speaking up, fine me if you want to.

“We need to speak up and stand up as a sport and talk. It is making our game look like a laughing stock, it’s a joke shop, it’s incompetent and it’s not good enough.

“It’s not just our game; it’s the game in general. You talk to every owner and coach and they can’t say anything because they are scared of getting fine. I don’t care about getting fined.”

After securing promotion to Super League last season, Leigh currently sit second bottom with only 4 wins from 16 matches – including 9 defeats in their last 10 matches.

Beaumont was particularly critical of a number of missed forward passes, which he described as ‘obvious’, during Monday’s game and says more needs to be done to improve the standard of officiating.

“We need to get the game where it is not controlled by the man in the middle,” he said. “I can control the controllables but I’m getting sick of things I can’t control effectively.

“I run my business and if people don’t perform I can deal with it. But who deals with the referee when they don’t perform? They haven’t got enough of them and they are not good enough.

“I want to see the referees accountable for what they do and I want to see them get better.”

Beaumont has today elaborated on his comments sympathising with the difficult job referees have, but he has urged his fellow club owners to come together in a bid to improve the game.

“I believe the next move is for the club owners to get together, or even the coaches, and rather than piling a load of hassle at the door of the RFL, to professionally document with substance the issues we believe exist.

“This will include some potential solutions, so that together in unity we can ensure the heartbeat of the game gets stronger and louder, reaching a wider audience.

“I will endeavour to achieve this with my colleagues at other clubs in the immediate future and is the reason I have declined many interviews on various TV and radio channels.

“I don’t want this to become a pantomime about me or my Club or to start to embarrass the game, but to work hard on it and hopefully get the RFL to accept our ideas and move forward in unity.”



  1. Bill Porter

    June 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    The one stand out way to make the refs job easier is the knock on rule. Surely if a player looses a ball what does it matter what way he is facing or how many men are in the tackle? Simple he drops the ball Knock On

  2. Gaz

    June 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I agree with derek on this. One thing I will say is i don’t know if it’s the refs themselves or the directives handed down to them by their association. A few years ago Ben Thaler really looked like a brilliant referee and was rewarded with the job of the man in the middle of the tests versus the kiwis in which under slightly different rules he was also superb. The season after he was awful and received massive criticism. In my opinion he was still doing his job to the best of his ability just that what his superiors expected of him i.e his directives changed and made him appear poor. Maybe the upper level of the referees union needs looking at?

  3. Pete

    June 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Totally agree as a bulls fan we are going through the horrors and don’t need it making worse by poor officials. Not just refs touch judges are supposed to help .the ref needs assistance he can’t spot everything

  4. tony atkins

    June 2, 2017 at 10:23 am

    agree with knock on as posted by bill porter refs inconsistent
    they should insist that at the play the ball it should be played with foot as per rule
    sometimes they blow for laying on then next time they don’t bother. stop players trying to con refs for penalties before it gets like soccer

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