Furious Titans coach Justin Holbrook says his side get NO respect from referees because they’re not one of the big clubs – as he blasts officials after narrow loss to Parramatta
- Justin Holbrook has hit out at refereeing standards after his Titans lost to Parra
- REPORT: Mitchell Moses magic saw Parra defeat the Titans in a thrilling contest
- The hosts got the better of the penalty count (7-1) from referee Grant Atkins
- Yet Holbrook’s main issue was with the captain’s challenges during the game
- He claims that bigger clubs are given more leniency from officials in the NRL
Gold Coast Titans coach Justin Holbrook has claimed his side don’t get the rub of the green from NRL referees and the bunker because they aren’t one of the game’s big clubs.
Holbrook’s side went down 32-28 away to Parramatta on Sunday with the normally composed Titans coach teeing off at the standard of officiating from referee Grant Atkins and the bunker.
Parramatta got the better of the penalty count (7-1) but Holbrook’s main bone of contention was with the captain’s challenges.
Justin Holbrook has fumed at the standard of officiating in the Titans’ defeat by Parramatta
The visitors went down 32-28 in a thrilling contest against the Premiership hopefuls on Sunday
Early in the second half the Titans were on the attack through five-eighth Will Smith when he was entangled in a tackle with Eels halfback Mitchell Moses.
Moses was penalised for interference but opted to challenge the decision and won on review.
Later in the game the tables had been turned with the Eels’ Ray Stone the ball carrier and Titans prop Isaac Liu penalised for attempting to clear the ruck.
Replays showed Stone had placed the ball on Liu’s foot, which left Holbrook incensed given Moses was able to tie the scores up with a penalty from right in front of the Titans’ posts.
‘I’m not here to take anything away from Parramatta, it’s about us not being one of the big clubs and not getting anything,’ he said.
Holbrook claimed that his side did not get the rub of the green when it came to refereeing calls
He fumed at the inconsistencies in the officiating of captain’s challenges for both sides
‘If they’re 50-50 calls make them 50-50s. I’m not asking for 7-1 (in the penalty count) and 3-0 (in the captain’s challenges).
‘We’re peppering their line and there’s a captain challenge about the leg touching the ball, 20 minutes later we’re in the ruck … someone tell me the difference?
‘It has a big bearing on the game. Make it 50-50 or get rid of the captain’s challenge because it’s never favoured us.’
Captain Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was also penalised for an escort on Clint Gutherson which allowed Moses to put the Eels ahead late on.
Initially Atkins didn’t blow for the call but after intervention awarded the home side a penalty.
‘The referee cleared that and then gets the call and overturns it,’ Holbrook said.
‘If you’re going to do that, overturn them all. Go with the officials or don’t go with them. You can’t pick and choose.’