Toovey attacks referees after Manly loss

NZ Newswire July 21, 2012, 1:19 am

Manly coach Geoff Toovey has launched a surprising attack on the two NRL referees who oversaw the Sea Eagles' 20-12 loss to Canterbury on Friday night.

A visibly angry Toovey said his men were let down by several decisions by Brett Cummins and Brett Suttor in the much-anticipated grudge match marking the return of Bulldogs coach Des Hasler to Brookvale Oval.

"(The Bulldogs) had a bit of luck, but I think the two blokes in the middle didn't help," he said in the post-match press conference.

"I have to query the league and say where's the best two referees in the game for this game tonight? Because the blokes in the middle were definitely not the best two for this job.

"They had terrible games. Terrible decisions.

"I can't wait until they try and explain some of them."

Toovey questioned the decision to allow the Bulldogs' second try, accusing winger Sam Perrett of being a metre offside from Josh Reynolds kick.

He also labelled the penalties "a lucky dip" and said the Bulldogs got the "fair rub of the green" when it came to certain decisions.

"Maybe, like other coaches in the competition, I need to go have a meeting with them, like certain other coaches do," Toovey said.

"I've had discussions at the beginning of the year and, mate, they just say 'no, you're wrong and we're right'. That's it, that's as far as it goes.

"It's pointless."

Co-captain Jamie Lyon agreed with his coach's call for a return to one central referee, saying his appeals to the on-field officials fell on deaf ears.

"They don't listen," he said.

"I definitely tried to talk to them a couple of times.

"(They said) they'll look at it and tell you to go away, like they usually do.

"Once they get their mind made up, that's it. They don't want to go into too much."

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  1. Bob09:31am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    B.S. Toovey, that Suttor may just have well worn a Manly jersey he was so one-eyed. No,Perrett was not off-side. Toovey and his captain Lyons would have to be the biggest whingers in the game, apart from the Warriors of course.

  2. craig10:14am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    A losing coach always blames refs and other causes but never look at themselves to remedy what they need to work on so they neutralise refs decisions. Manly on the slide as is the broncos.

  3. 10:38am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Typical league, always controversy about the refereeing or coaches whinging.

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  4. Jason10:52am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Geoff toovey was a top player fair enough!! the referee's are not tops and need to wise up !! also the linesmen!

  5. Lary11:03am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Bob the name says it all Bob! If you've watched league since bringing Two refs into it they are shocking when it comes to talking to them about decisions they just say go away we'll look at it and nothing happens what Geoff and Jamie are talking about is using the TMO for contentious decisions that way it doesn't come back onto the ref we have the technology why not use it!!! its not about whinging its about playing a game to the highest level and expecting the decisions to be the best.

    1. Garboo12:18pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

      What a half wit idea. May as well not have any ref on the field at all.The video ref's are just as prone to making erroneous decisions, after repeated replays. The man on the field has micro seconds to make a decision. Lary, the name says it all. A stooge.

  6. PG11:32am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Be calm.Be positive.Aucklands trains are running to normal this weekend.The crowds are gathering.

  7. Thomas11:34am Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Toovey was a whinger when he played,he is still a whinger and allways will be,his team are also whingers along with all the fans at brookvale.Get rid of Manly and bring back the mighty North Sydney Bears.

  8. Garboo12:25pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Thomas, I am a true blue Bulldogs fan, I was however a true blue North Sydney Bears fan until the club ceased to be. YOU have my vote.

  9. graeme01:11pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Toovey you have a cheek, Matt Balin and the rest of your fowards working over the Dogs players on the ground after the tackle should have been penalised off the park buddy....your first try was only due to Barba miss judging it, and second one again from Bulldogs lapse your team had nothing pal so get over it..... Baa Baa Lamb showed you in the 1995 Grand Final how over rated you were as a player, now over rated as a coach, your like John Hart inherited a good team...thats it!!! dont blame the refs mate

  10. Rex David02:58pm Saturday 21st July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    once the money bags of the game..manly, sivler-tails..what you want to call them will alway be a team who will point the finger when things dont go there way. congrat doggies..shame you couldn't score more points


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