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Hull coach Richard Agar voices delaying tactics fear

Richard Agar
Agar argues that the tactics are a turn-off for spectators

Hull coach Richard Agar has mooted the idea of having two referees in Super League as the controversy over slow play-the-balls continues.

Melbourne were accused of slowing down play during their World Club Challenge win over Leeds, and Agar fears the same tactics are creeping into Super League.

"If this is the way we want our game to go, we might have to look to follow the NRL and get two referees," he said.

"We've just got to be careful that we don't drive the fans away."

Agar claims Wigan, now coached by former Storm assistant Michael Maguire, got away with delaying tactics during his side's 48-24 defeat at the DW Stadium on Friday.

"Wigan are very good at it... [but] you are finding the home fans booing the away team on anything that's a second over - and it's the same at our place," added Agar.

"It seems to becoming a focus for everybody, fans included."

Australia introduced two referees into the NRL a year ago, with one official standing in the defensive line to check offside and the other monitoring the rucks.

"The wrestle is obviously a factor," stated Agar.

"We had a couple of referees around at the start of the year looking at how we were going to manage it all and it was certainly a lot quicker than we're seeing."

St Helens forward Jon Wilkin concurred with Agar in his most recent column for BBC Sport when talking about Melbourne's tactics against Leeds.

"Melbourne spent a lot of time delaying the play-the-ball - which every team in the UK does also, by the way - to a degree that the action was almost unrecognisably slow," wrote Wilkin.

"Storm are the finest exponents in the world of committing players to a tackle, finding awkward holds and positions which inhibit the attacker from regaining his feet quickly."

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Wigan 48-24 Hull
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Jon Wilkin column
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Senior fined for outburst at ref
10 Mar 10 |  Leeds
Leeds 10-18 Melbourne
28 Feb 10 |  Leeds
Leeds v Melbourne as it happened
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Super League Show
17 Feb 08 |  Rugby League

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