Poor match officiating for me and really the RFL should have known they needed a strong Ref who can handle tough games. There was bad blood from the previous game between Barlow and a few Fax players. Barlow punched and took a couple of players in off the ball incidents including Manning and was red carded. There is a bit of needle between the two sets of players.
From the video, Manning deserves a long ban for late tackle and punching no matter if he had been provoked or not previously by Barlow. But there are a couple from both sides that will join him at Red Hall. I just cant believe the Match Officials (Not just the Ref) allowed the players to be so close after the first brawl. Usually send the players a good 15-20 metres away from each other and the tunnel and bench area then call Captains and the players one at a time. For me it comes across as players were allowed to get away with things and has built up and then it just all boils over. Could have been prevented by sinbinning a couple before the incident and took the heat out of things.
Edited by Lounge Room Lizard, 12 June 2014 - 04:04 PM.