Robinson questions bunker decision
Roosters coach Trent Robinson has questioned an NRL Bunker decision following his side's 24-20 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Thursday night.
Robinson was halfway through answering a question about his team's overall performance in 2016 when he switched his focus to the 56th-minute decision to award Canterbury's Josh Jackson a try.
The Bulldogs back-rower looked to have been held up in goal by Aidan Guerra before eventually grounding the ball a la Hazem el Masri in the 2004 grand final – incidentally involving the Roosters and Bulldogs – to give the blue and whites the lead.
Robinson argued Bulldogs No.9 Michael Lichaa had interfered with Guerra in the struggle to force the ball and that the try should have been disallowed.
"That was a no try. It was just an error again from the bunker," Robinson said after the game.
"I looked at it on a laptop in a change room and saw Aidan Guerra's hand get pushed by Lichaa. They've got I don't know how many angles they need to see that and they just get it wrong.
"I don't get it – I don't know if you guys (the media) can see it – but I just don't get it.
"If you're going to spend that money, if you're going to have those camera angles, then get it right."
Robinson said he would be expecting a phone call during the week with an apology and an admission that the decision was wrong, but was unsure whether he'll take the matter up further with referees boss Tony Archer.
"I'm not sure, to be honest. I'm really not sure. I've taken it up week in week out. It's not Archer's fault," he said.
"I've been a fan of it (the bunker), but you can't have all those camera angles and then not get it right. It's so important.
"For a team like us, for morale, for the effort… it's not just about 13 players, it's about every staff member that organised tonight that came out from marketing and sales, and [those] that tried to get people through the gates, and volunteers and all that.
"And then some guy sits in a box and doesn't see Aidan Guerra's hand get pushed; it's an illegal play. You just can't get that stuff wrong, not with the promises that got made with this bunker."
Robinson said video review officials who get decisions wrong should be held accountable just like players and coaches.
"You train guys up and if they're not good enough then you drop them," he said.
"Then you get guys that are good decision makers under pressure, and if they keep making decisions, then you change them. If they're not good enough, you move them on. That's what happens with anybody in our jobs.
"It's a rant of a losing coach, I guess. But it's just unacceptable."