Diskin slams lack of accountability for bad refereeing

Diskin slams lack of accountability for bad refereeing

Batley boss Matt Diskin has slammed the RFL for a perceived lack of accountability that match officials face after he was left frustrated by the referee’s performance in last week’s defeat to Featherstone.

Fev ended the Bulldogs’ run of three straight wins with a 42-14 victory – a game that was poised at 16-14 early in the second half. 

The game resulted in 34 penalties, 18 of which were given against Diskin’s side, and the former Super League player wants referees to be more accountable.

“The problem we have got is that we have a level of accountability – players won’t get selected for games next week whereas that bloke will go again refereeing next week,” said Diskin. 

“The RFL seem to wrap any official in cotton wool, there is no level of accountability, coaches stay in employment depending on results, where as far as I can see referees have no accountability.

“I’m not saying we lost the game because of the official, we dominated for 50-60 minutes and lost some composure and conceded some cheap tries.”

Batley now turn their attention to Dewsbury as the sides face off for the fourth time this season at Mount Pleasant on Sunday afternoon.

The Rams have won all three encounters this season, and Diskin is determined to get his first competitive win over Dewsbury since his appointment as Batley coach. 

Diskin expects Dewsbury to have a similar game plan to the one that has seen them achieve a 100 per cent record over the Bulldogs this year, but he is confident his side have smartened up since the Summer Bash.

He said: “Dewsbury is a big game for us, they have got it over on us twice in the league already, they are in form at the moment and playing with a lot of confidence.

“They have been really successful playing a particular style against us that has worked effectively so we are expecting something similar this weekend.

“The question mark is, can my players handle it and they have certainly showed progress in the last few weeks to suggest they can.”

Diskin was pleased with the first-half performance from his team against Featherstone but feels that loss of concentration and discipline meant the scoreline looked harsh against his team.

He said: “The majority of tries we conceded were in and around the ruck close to the line, which is frustrating because you don’t feel the opposition earned them with good play or anything else.

“We lost our composure, we had a prime opportunity when they went down to 12 men but we didn’t take advantage of it.”

Despite the heavy defeat Diskin does not believe his side have taken a step backwards. 

“I think we have made good progress, we are always going to be in a transition year,” added Diskin.

“We had a little slip-up in the second half on Sunday but in the first half I thought we played really well.

“I still genuinely believe we have the makings of a top-four side, we have some quality individuals who are slowly coming together and doing the team thing.”

Batley may be without Dave Scott this Sunday, as he has a virus. Patch Walker is also a doubt as he is currently struggling with a groin problem.

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