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Concerns have also been raised over the standard and playing behavior or techniques used by players in the National Rugby League competition which the Match Review Committee has been tasked with working on this year.

As the standard of the game continues to grow, capacity building becomes crucial to hone and educate referees on new rules and game software or technology.

PNGNRL competition manager Saku Ank is in charge of the match review committee. He gave a brief overview of the committee’s roles and responsibilities, saying that over the past two seasons there has been a marked improvement in the number of on-field incidents and player suspensions.

He said: “Every year we face new challenges and match review and match management, especially at the Digicel Cup level, are some of the issues the Committee has to deal with.”

Ank mentioned the bunker and other technologies that need to be incorporated to make the system more user-friendly and efficient, but that’s a work in progress.

“Last year, due to the disruption caused by COVID-19, we had a shorter season of just 14 weeks and presented no real problems.”

He said that with the new season starting in two weeks, team coaches, players and team officials must make it a point to review or update themselves with the new competition rules and improve their game techniques to avoid dangerous games and unnecessary stoppages in the flow of the game.

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