Super League: Daryl Powell welcomes proposals to trial a two-referee system
Last Updated: 09/07/14 6:09pm
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has welcomed a proposal to trial two referees in British rugby league.
A two-referee system was introduced into Australia's National Rugby League four years ago and the Rugby Football League is set to trial it in three academy games, starting this weekend.
I think we need someone to take on the ruck area and some of the things that happen there," Powell said. To have a referee that checks the ruck and tidies that up would be helpful.
Under the NRL system, one referee polices the play-the-ball area while the other stands in the opponents' defensive line to ensure they are onside.
"I think we need someone to take on the ruck area and some of the things that happen there," Powell said. "To have a referee that checks the ruck and tidies that up would be helpful."
Castleford's former Bradford, Hull and Great Britain forward Andy Lynch also backed the idea, arguing that having two referees would clean up the game.
"If anything can help the game improve and makes it quicker and a lot cleaner, let's go for it," Lynch said.
"It makes it easier for them if they are closer to the impact so bring it on. If the ball pops out, they know if it's been pulled out or not.
"The referee can't see everything, especially when he's 10 metres back trying to get the line set. It's all for the good of the game and the spectators will probably see a cleaner game and know more about what's going on."
The decision to trial the system was taken following a meeting between the RFL's laws committee and Super League head coaches and followed positive feedback from Wigan after they experienced two referees in a friendly match against New Zealand Warriors ahead of their World Club Challenge clash with Sydney Roosters.
Referees from the Super League panel will be involved in the games and the matter will be reviewed by the laws committee at the end of the trial.