Players none the wiser after captain’s challenge makes its debut in Indigenous All Stars-Maori clash


“I didn’t see what had happened but Kenny said it was a rake so I was like, ‘Whatever, give it a go’,” Blair said.

“Lucky it didn’t come back to hurt us.”

But Blair admitted he wasn’t sure what to make of the challenge concept.

Under the proposed rule, the on-field captain is permitted to challenge a referee’s decision but has just 10 seconds to make up his mind and can only implement it during a stop in play after the whistleblower’s call.

If they roll the dice and the challenge is unsuccessful, they don’t get another chance to use the option in the game.

But if the bunker review gives the captain the green light, he can use the challenge again and again until he strikes out.

Maori skipper Adam Blair, left, used the captain’s challenge to dispute a knock-on.Credit:AAP

“To be honest unless it is blatantly obvious and something they have missed, it would be good for those times,” Blair said.

“[But] you are putting a lot of trust in your players if you are the captain because you don’t have time to look up at the [big] screen [for a replay].


“Whether that works or not we will see how they go.”

Maori coach David Kidwell agreed with Blair’s concerns.

“If it happens on the wing and the captain is on the other side of the field and hasn’t seen it, it could be costly,” he said.

At least the Maori got the chance to use it. Indigenous captain Joel Thompson claimed he tried to use it during the game but the referee didn’t hear him.

“I tried to use it. I was yelling at the referee but he wouldn’t even listen to me, [but] all good,” he said.

“It is something players need to work on and be more aware of. I have been playing footy for so long and never heard of it before, it’s a new thing so we will see how it goes at the Charity Shield.”


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