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Sport NRL coronavirus: Legends discuss potential of getting rid of the Bunker to save money

14:06  04 april  2020
14:06  04 april  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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There have been many cost-cutting methods that are being discussed in rugby league circles recently in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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And one thing that keeps coming up is getting rid of the controversial Bunker video referee system.

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Legendary halfbacks Cooper Cronk and Greg 'Brandy' Alexander discussed the merits of canning the Bunker and using a cheaper system as a way for the game to save money moving forward.

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“Two refs will stay, the bunker might go...it’s too costly, too much money,” Brandy said on Fox League Live on Foxtel.

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"“It would be a money-saver, and they stick the bloke up in the box. The video referee just goes back to how it used to be a few years ago.

“Do you think the bunker has really improved any decision-making from the video referees? I don’t think so, I think it’s an unnecessary spend.

“Get rid of the bunker.”

Cronk echoed the sentiments of his co-host, but believes the two-referee system must stay in place.

“They are obviously cutting costs and the bunker is an expensive thing,” Cronk said.

“Can they get the same result with a cheaper option? That’s what they’d be looking at.

“That (the Bunker) doesn’t change so that could be passed - but the two referees changes the game.

“If you go back to one, there’s a lot of things one referee will miss and I just don’t think you can take that backwards step.”

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