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McGregor calls for patience from fans as officials pay for Bunker blunder

“But around accountability, I never wanted to see anyone being stood down.”

Galea has been rostered on for video referee duties for two matches during round 12. Clark was not rostered on for a game this week.

Instead of standing down officials who make errors, McGregor believes the solution is an attitude shift within fans who criticise when a decision is not made quickly.

“When they take time to make the decision, no one is happy, and when they don’t take enough time and get a decision wrong, no one is happy,” he said. “The people that are there are fine, it is just a matter of just being more relaxed around the decisions they make.”

McGregor will be hoping for no officiating blunders on Thursday when the Red V face the Rabbitohs at Kogarah Oval.

South Sydney will be fired up by the return of Latrell Mitchell, who joins the league’s Indigenous Round after a two-week suspension following a grade two charge on Josh Reynolds in round nine.

Paul McGregor will be hoping for no officiating blunders on Thursday when the Red V face the Rabbitohs at Kogarah Oval.

Paul McGregor will be hoping for no officiating blunders on Thursday when the Red V face the Rabbitohs at Kogarah Oval.Credit:Getty

“He [Mitchell] obviously adds some strike to their side,” McGregor said.

Both teams are facing a five-day turnaround, with halfback Adam Clune and forward Trent Merrin unable to make a return to the field after head knocks in round 11.

Meanwhile, Tim Lafai will play his first game back with the Bulldogs this Sunday for the derby against the Eels at ANZ Stadium, after seeking a release from the Dragons earlier this month.

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Lafai said with no Canterbury Cup this year due to COVID-19, the decision to move clubs was made to get more time on-field.

“The Bulldogs were kind enough to offer me the opportunity to come here and join their squad for the rest of the year and gave me a chance to get some footy,” he said.

Lafai said he was eager to make his mark in the squad before Trent Barrett’s move to the club for 2021.

“That’s definitely at the back of my mind and, just like the rest of the players here, we want to finish off the year strong with some wins,” he said.

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