Manly Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler slammed what he called refereeing “inconsistencies” in his team’s 18-10 loss to Newcastle at the weekend.
Manly were on the wrong end of a lopsided 9-1 penalty count and had two men sent to the sin bin as Hasler bemoaned referee Ben Cummins’ performance.
“Benny Cummins is a much better referee than that,” Hasler said post-match, via Fox Sports.
“First of all there’s an issue there, the fact we couldn’t buy some retribution as far as field position was concerned.”
Hasler also called into the question the consistency of the officiating.
“Our player attacked the head, on report, 10 minutes. But when Marty [Taupau], when he was carrying the ball he got hit high so to come in contact with the head, forceful contact with the head, that’s a sin bin and they didn’t get sent to the sin bin,” the Manly boss said.
“When we go back and Marty got hit high there was no review of it, no going back to it.
“We need to be consistent about it.”
Hasler knows that his comments will likely incur the wrath of the NRL’s head of football Graham Annesley.
“Graham will probably call me.”
“I know Graham Annesley will be watching and he’ll have another sleepless night tonight and he’ll wake up with a headache in the morning.”
The Manly boss believes his side were up against it.
“Well done to Newcastle, they got the two points, but they were ably assisted, let’s be honest in relation to that.”