Almost every game Cameron Smith got away with at least one forward pass.Yeah I saw people saying Kamikamica didn’t cheap shot KP. How dumb can you get. When you’re *not* trying to hit someone, do you turn your shoulder in towards their head and lunge?
I don’t think there’s intentional rigging by the referees, but I think there’s definitely unconscious bias at play in a lot of stuff which gets looked at more closely and what doesn’t, on what gets the benefit of the doubt. Forward passes which get let go vs ones which don’t, offside calls on kick chases where one side will get the benefit of the doubt and another will have the video ref getting the microscope out… I think sides like the Roosters, Melbourne, Souths benefit from this a lot. The better sides benefit from the assumption they’ve executed correctly, and also from the classic “protected species” treatment for which Billy Slater was the poster boy.