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Bennett's call to ban the bunker

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett gives instructions during a training session at Suncorp Stadium yesterday. Bennett wants to ban the bunker.
Broncos coach Wayne Bennett gives instructions during a training session at Suncorp Stadium yesterday. Bennett wants to ban the bunker. ALBERT PEREZ

BRONCOS coach Wayne Bennett has unloaded on the NRL bunker, insisting the $2 million technology be scrapped and also calling for one referee to control NRL fixtures.

The game's most successful and longest-serving coach believes the NRL is suffering from paralysis by analysis, claiming too many decisions are being excessively examined due to the state-of-the-art technology.

The NRL introduced the bunker at the start of last year's premiership in a bid to eliminate howlers, but Bennett says it's time to follow the leader of other world sports and kill off technology.

"I would scrap the bunker,” he said. 

"I certainly would ... I'd do it tomorrow. 

"I didn't want it to come in in the first place personally. 

"The most popular sport in the world is soccer and they have no technology unless if the ball goes in goal. 

"They understand the ramifications if they have the technology and they don't want it. 

"Gridiron had it and they have reduced it to a coach's call. 

"There is some good lessons out there but we aren't listening to them and not looking at them hard enough.”

Bennett said the NRL fraternity should accept officials will always make mistakes.

"I said it at the time when they brought the video refs in, it's human nature,” he said. 

"We have lived with decisions for 90-odd years. We got on with life and didn't carry on like we carry on now, we are just giving too many people an opinion. 

"We are looking for perfection all the time. It will never be perfect. Let's get on with life and accept what we need to accept. 

"I've coached through four decades and seen it all.

"It's the amount of times we see it, the references to it, it magnifies a position we have to learn to live with. That's the problem with the bunker to me. You will see replays 40 or 50 times before the next game of football.

"The controversy is not leaving, if they get one out of 100 wrong there will still be controversy.”

Asked if the NRL should go back to one on-field referee, Bennett said: "We need less technology than more, I hope we go that way in the future.

"I've been watching a fair bit of English football and their referees do a really good job with one ref. 

"I'm a fan of that too. The less (referees) we have the better.”

Topics:  brisbane broncos nrl2017 nrl bunker nrl finals 2017 wayne bennett

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