Bigger footy fish to fry

THE Anzac Test between Australia and New Zealand was properly refereed by one man to international rules – not by the two-man debacle we see week in, week out in the NRL.

We didn’t miss the mish-mash of indecision. We also didn’t miss the wrestling in tackles and failure to let a man regain his feet and play the ball quickly. What nonsense are these ‘‘dominant’’ or ‘‘surrender’’ tackles that cause confusion to audience and players alike?

I have grave doubts about a sport that is in the grip of gambling – even including updates on the fluctuating prices with on-line bookmakers in its TV coverage.

It’s a lot more for the newly appointed ARL commission to worry about than whether Danny Buderus – a bloke who has busted a gut for Country for years – should stand down from a match because he did not turn up for the Country-City check-up.

I was hoping that the commission would sweep things clean.

Leigh Maughan, Wallsend

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