Kear to approach RFL over referee display

Batley's Alex Rowe has a drive halted by Sheffield defenders Eddie Battye and James Davey last Friday.
Batley's Alex Rowe has a drive halted by Sheffield defenders Eddie Battye and James Davey last Friday.

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear is set approach the RFL regarding the performance of referee Matt Woodhead in last Friday’s clash against Sheffield Eagles.

Mr Woodhead awarded a staggering 24 penalties in the Kingstone Press Championship game and Kear was disappointed with the official’s overall performance.

Batley suffered a 40-12 defeat, after racing into a 12-0 lead, but Kear will demand answers regarding the referee’s performance.

Kear said: “I’m really hacked off with the performance of the officials but that’s something I will take up with Ian Smith at the RFL.

“I don’t question his (the referee’s) honesty but I do question his ability and understanding the rules.

“The 10 minutes before half-time we got caned with four penalties and they came up with two tries. We didn’t see the ball for 20 minutes either side of half-time and that’s when the game went away from us.

“I honestly think the turning point was the first try to Sheffield when (Wayne Reittie) fields the ball and his feet come onto the floor, he (a defender) plays at his arm, he drops the ball and Sheffield get head and feed at the scrum.

“The top and bottom of it is he (the referee) doesn’t know the rules.

“Another incident saw Eddie Battye stood in our defensive line, they put a kick in and that should have been a penalty straight away.

“The RFL have got to look at their officials’ performance and I have got to look at my players’ performances.

“We are having a bit of crisis of confidence because when we were in front and controlling the game, we looked assured and at ease but once we went behind, we started to want to win the game ourselves and came up with poor one-on-one misses.”