THE REAL NRL: Short passes

THE Real NRL will have a video-referral system for foul play next season after the board endorsed the plan on Tuesday night.

Referees will be able to place incidents on report, which will then be reviewed on video evidence by a newly created subcommittee on Monday mornings.

From there a decision will be made whether to refer the incident to the judiciary.

The video-referral system will be trialled in all grades in next year’s pre-season competition.

Letters will be sent to all clubs in the coming days to gauge opinions on the change.

The need for a video-referral system was exposed after Cessnock halfback Joel Brown’s punch on Souths’ Jake Hawkins, which left the Lions No.7 with a fractured eye socket.

The incident, which led to a three-game suspension for Brown, was placed on report only after Souths lodged a citation to the league.

■ Kurri Kurri enforcer Daniel Abraham will make his long-awaited comeback from injury in the Bulldogs’ vital home match on Saturday against South Newcastle.

The former Knights and Cowboys back-rower dislocated his left shoulder in round six.

The injury cost him a debut for the Newcastle Rebels.

Winger Shannon Tanner and prop Mick Campton will also return for the Bulldogs in the game, which will decide who holds fourth spot.

■ Kurri Kurri premiership-winning old boys Brendan Dooley and Tony Hindmarch have organised a bus to drive Souths old boys to Saturday’s match at Kurri Sportsground.

■ Injuries have come at the worst possible time for Port Stephens as they prepare to play three top-five sides in seven days.

Gavin Quinn (back), James McCabe (leg) and James Howell (wrist) picked up injuries in the 38-10 loss to Macquarie on Saturday.

The eighth-placed Sharks host Cessnock at Tomaree on Sunday, then face Souths in a catch-up game at Townson Oval on Tuesday, before travelling to Maitland Sportsground on July 27 to play the Pickers.

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