New NRL TV initiative the "NRL bunker" is proving a raging success after two games of the 2016 season.
With only a couple of decisions to make in Thursday’s opening game between the Eels and Broncos, the officials in the bunker were put to work on Friday.
First up they overruled an on-field goal-line dropout decision and awarded the Bulldogs a 20-meter restart against Manly.
The Dogs benefitted again a few minutes later when Will Hopoate was awarded a try after an acrobatic dive just before the ball bounced out.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, with the bunker picking up a shepherd to deny Curtis Rona Canterbury’s third try of the night.
Always opinionated and hardly ever happy, the NRL’s twitter following certainly enjoyed the bunker’s offering.
This is a fair point though…
How is the bunker any different to the old video ref? They still have 2-3 guys and look at 5-6 different angles.
— Peter Addley (@PeterAddley) March 4, 2016
And some people will just never be happy…
Whoever thought of the bunker, fire them. NRL needs LESS video refs, not a fancier way to show it
— noeL ed erdnA (@andreofleon) March 4, 2016