Paul Gallen of the Sharks is tackled by Michael Morgan of the Cowboys.
Paul Gallen of the Sharks is tackled by Michael Morgan of the Cowboys. PAUL MILLER

Gallen wants more clarity over use of Bunker

USE it or lose it.

That's the message from Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen after a weekend of controversy surrounding the NRL Bunker.

Manly coach Trent Barrett and Sharks mentor Shane Flanagan both slammed referees and the Bunker process after what they perceived were wrong calls in their NRL finals defeats over the weekend.

On Monday, NRL boss Todd Greenberg told coaches and players to "grow up" and stop blaming officials for losses as it was giving the game a bad reputation.

Gallen, however, decided to have another crack, saying the the NRL took an all-or-nothing approach to technology after what he claimed were wrong decisions in his team's 15-14 extra-time loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

"We have this technology there and available to us. I think we use it all the time or we just don't use it," Gallen told Sky Sports Radio.

"If the referees are going to make errors, as players make errors, let them make errors and let the game flow.

"Let's not have all this technology there at our feet and use it in some situations and not in others."

Flanagan listed a series of refereeing decisions he viewed as wrong in his post-match media conference.

While statistics show Cronulla's ill-discipline hurt the team against the Cowboys, Gallen was adamant the Sharks were hard done by.

He said the unfavourable 17-10 error count included four incorrect knock-on calls against his team, while playmaker James Maloney's sin-binning for a professional foul was too harsh.

Gallen also spared prop Andrew Fifita criticism for losing possession in the final minute to deny the Sharks a chance of a match-levelling field goal.

"Fifita would probably want that one back ... Unfortunately Andrew can do that sometimes but he can come up with the big plays as well," Gallen said.

News Corp Australia


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