Hasler slammed the refereeing performance after his side’s loss to the Rabbitohs, calling it “dumb, dumb, dumb”.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler took a massive swing at the officiating following his side’s 21-14 loss to South Sydney on Thursday, describing the referees’ performance as “very, very poor” and that some of the decisions made were “dumb, dumb, dumb”.
Hasler took particular exception to a decision to stop play and attend to a concussed Chris McQueen in the second half when the Bulldogs were on their final tackle and holding onto a slender two-point margin.
“When James Graham carried the ball, and collided with the Souths player, it should’ve been called play on. Or at least, until we kicked the ball and Greg Inglis picks it up and gets tackled, then go and see the injured player,” Hasler said.
“Rather than stopping the game, slowing it up, we lose the advantage, they get a two marker set. Little things like that have a huge impact.”
After play continued, Trent Hodkinson clearing kick went out on the full in which the Rabbitohs converted into a match-winning try from Lote Tuqiri.
“It was done on the back of referee calling time off for no reason to call time off. He wasn’t in the way. He was at the side,” Hasler continued.
“One marker, play on. If he’s that hurt, wait until Greg Inglis gets the ball on the kick return, make that tackle and then fix him up. I didn’t see him stopping the game for Reni Maitua when he was on the ground five metres from our line.
“Granted Reni wasn’t near the play the ball, but just go one marker.
“Dumb, dumb, dumb.”