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Head Coach Des Hasler has today answered questions from the media surrounding the two referees.

The two referees were introduced to the game in 2009 and the move was one of the most significant changes in the game's 100-year history, but since the change, there have been many opinions about the change and many wondering why the game changed from one referee to two.

For starters, having two referees on the field is confusing for the players and rulings between the main man and his ‘pocket’ assistant are inconsistent and are therefore impeding the flow of the game.

International Rugby League got by very well in the recent World Cup with one man in control. The second whistle-blower was not missed.

If there is to be one dominant referee in some matches, many will argue the game should consider reverting to having just one referee in the middle and for Bulldogs Coach Hasler, well he has never been a fan from the outset.

“Right from the outset I have never agreed with the two referees,”

“If you do your research when sides play really well and the game flows and there is no niggle in the rack and there is nothing working, the referees have the sides a part, but when things are happening, it ends up coming unstuck like Origin two did this year,” said Hasler.

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