General Ref Russell Smith dumped for this weekend's round

teariki_old

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Pommie ref Russell Smith has been left off the list of referees for this weekend's coming round of matches, due to the controversy over his performance in the Manly-Wests Tigers match.

Didn't Smith officiate in a Warrior's match earlier this year when the Warriors lost a close match and Smith made quite a few bad calls? Let's hope Smith hasn't cost the Warriors a chance at the top 8...
 

MarkW_old

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I'm not sure what is wrong with Russ this year. He's been well below his best. You'd think that the more games a ref officiates the better he/she would get. I've never really considered that such an experieced ref could lose form, but he really has. Maybe it's a confidence thing, maybe he's missing merry olde England... who knows?
I hope he can get back to his best though - he's reffed some top matches in his time.
 

sebastian_old

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He robbed us two try's against manly & we would have drew. Huge desisions that cost us big time. I remember he went crazy about the obstruction ruling. And started seeing forward passess, that guys lost the plot.
 

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