NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown during a Newcastle Knights NRL pre-season training session at Hunter Stadium on February 10, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Knights coach Nathan Brown has proposed the NRL introduce a captain’s challenge system in a bid to overturn the poor officiating from recent times.

It comes after NRL referees boss Bernard Sutton admitted to two incorrect decisions during the Raiders’ 28-24 loss to the Sharks on Friday night that may have swayed the result.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart blasted the officiating in his post-game press conference and boldly declared it was the reason why NRL fans were turning off the game, while rugby league icons Andrew Johns and Peter Sterling asserted that the referees were being over coached.

And Brown thinks the NRL Bunker is not being used correctly and should be a replaced by a captain’s challenge system, which was trailed in a game between the Dragons and Knights in 2016.

“We found that game that day, it just kept going and going,” Brown told the Sunday Footy Show.

“The Saints scored five tries, we scored four and I don’t think the video referee was used once.

“Whereas, if it wasn’t captain’s challenge, they would’ve went [to the review] six or seven times.”

The captain’s challenge granted each team one unsuccessful challenge each half, and unlimited attempts if they proved to be right. Brown was a fan of the idea as it astronomically reduced the need for a video review.

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“There was no chance of [either side] playing playoffs so the importance of the game was minimal,” Brown said.

“But the video ref never came into the game at all. Our captain was saying ‘we didn’t want to challenge it because we thought it was a try’.

“The game flowed, it never stopped at all. There was no controversy.”


  1. Yeh but the way the refs and touch judges are going and cant read the game, captains will be sending up multiple challenges each half and getting them right, so we will still see KFC often.
    But if they go one step further and made the bunker just rule on in goal scoring situation reviews only, then I am happy with this idea. On fields refs and touch judges should rule on in field and side line to sideline stuff.

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