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Referees boycott league

Tuesday March 25, 2014 Written by Published in League
Matches between the Arorangi Bears and the Ngatangiia Sea Eagles have been called off in the referee boycott. Pictured is Bears player Geoff Taripo fending off Sea Eagles players as he storms towards the try line during a previous match. 12021202 Matches between the Arorangi Bears and the Ngatangiia Sea Eagles have been called off in the referee boycott. Pictured is Bears player Geoff Taripo fending off Sea Eagles players as he storms towards the try line during a previous match. 12021202

A personality clash between rugby league referees and club competition director Taua Benioni led to a partial referees boycott last weekend.

The boycott of some referees saw the scheduled reserve and premier grade matches between the Arorangi Bears and Ngatangiia Sea Eagles called off by club officials.

The issue was discussed at weekly club league review meeting on Monday where Benioni says the way forward will be a meet between him and the referees concerned.

It seems both parties want to be the boss and run the show but as one diehard league fan commented, “don’t let the referees upset the season.”

The game between the Bears and Sea Eagles will now be played next week according to Benioni.

Meanwhile, league fans are hoping the rift between the referees and competition director will be ironed out before this weekend’s games where the Sharks are set to battle the Bulldogs with the game also a Navy Epati Challenge trophy semi-final game.

The Sea Eagles will meet the Eels at Nukupure Park and the Panthers will take on the Warriors while the Bears take a break.