Slater returns serve over referee blaming tirade

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Melbourne Storm large Billy Slater has returned service to NRL caput of shot Graham Annesley after the head launched a stunning takedown of clubs and coaches criticising the game's lucifer officials.

Referees person ever been enactment nether the microscope successful the NRL, but mounting disapproval successful caller weeks from clubs who person singled retired perceived match-defining moments caused Annesley to deed retired successful his play briefing eariler today.

"Some of the levels of disapproval that's been coming astir lucifer officials aft the game, I deliberation is implicit the top," helium told reporters.

"I deliberation it's unjustified. Although determination are decisions that clubs don't similar and that they whitethorn deliberation should person gone the different way, they're not needfully incorrect decisions.

Graham Annesley (Getty)

"It's overwhelming the post-match commentary astir what's happening successful games.

"We're not proceeding thing astir the 20 handling errors connected mean per game, we're not proceeding thing astir the 60 missed tackles connected mean per game. We're not proceeding thing astir the 30 ineffective tackles connected mean per game, oregon the 10 line-breaks connected mean per crippled that teams concede.

"Each 1 of those incidents, I would accidental to you has a acold greater interaction connected the result of the crippled than 1 oregon 2 refereeing decisions that mightiness beryllium arguable."

In caller weeks, Roosters manager Trent Robinson and Dragons manager Anthony Griffin person some taken purpose astatine calls made by the officials during matches.

Robinson was near furious surrounding a deficiency of "consistency" during the Tricolours' nonaccomplishment to the Panthers earlier this month, portion Griffin past week questioned however a enarthrosis complaint by Nathan Cleary connected Jack Bird went uncalled.

Former superstar Queensland fullback Billy Slater. (Getty)

Slater believed coaches were good wrong their close to question officials, insisting it was part-and-parcel of what made the crippled truthful engaging.

"I don't wholly hold with Graham Annesley here," Slater told WWOS Radio connected 2GB.

"I deliberation we observe the crippled truly well. I deliberation we observe the breathtaking parts and the decisions, whether that's from the players, adjudicators, coaches.

"That's our job. That's wherefore rugby league is wherever it's astatine due to the fact that it's truthful popular, and we request to speech astir each these issues whether it's the referees oregon not.

"I tin recognize the vexation talking astir decisions, but that's our game. It's ever been determination and it's ever going to beryllium there."

While Annesley didn't azygous retired immoderate manager oregon comments made successful particular, helium said the NRL was fed up with the blasted of losses being enactment connected officials.

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