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NRL axes bunker officials for failing to act as Roosters player rushed to hospital

“We expect a high standard of performance from all of our match officials and they are accountable for their performances just like everyone else in the game. The performance last night did not meet our expectations.”

The NRL made it clear during the week there would be “minimal tolerance for avoidable contact with the head or neck”.

James Tedesco talks to referee Matt Cecchin following the incident involving Drew Hutchison.

James Tedesco talks to referee Matt Cecchin following the incident involving Drew Hutchison.Credit:Getty

Tedesco has become a hunted man and often been on the end of high shots from opposition players.

Robinson let rip after the game, saying: “”To not see that [Brown incident] … a guy goes to hospital. It’s ridiculous. That wasn’t good enough tonight.

“They don’t need me to ask the question – they should be looking at it themselves. How does it take 20 minutes to put someone on report? How many looks do they need to do it? They need to ask questions of themselves. It’s poor.”

Tedesco said after the game he did not really pay much attention to the Niukore tackle and was more worried for Hutchison who was rolling around in pain just metres away.

“I thought that was pretty bad,” Tedesco said. “I sort of told the ref straight away and they watched it a few times, but they made mine a penalty, which was confusing. I guess mine was pretty bad, but I didn’t feel much in the head. It didn’t look too good.

“[Matt] Cecchin said at half-time he didn’t see that [Hutchison incident] and only saw my one. I pretty much told him a fair few times that he was leading with the knees, but then there wasn’t a call on that, which was quite confusing.

“I found that weird that they watched it a fair few times and then waited until half-time to put him on report. There was plenty of time to watch it and it was pretty obvious. I don’t know why something more wasn’t done at the time. It was confusing.″⁣

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