‘Want clarification’: Roos coach to ‘make phone call’ over controversial free kick

North Melbourne coach David Noble says he’ll be putting in a call to the umpires about a controversial free kick paid against Tarryn Thomas during his side’s 47-point loss to Melbourne.

Thomas was penalised for a crunching front on tackle to Ed Langdon in the first quarter of the Marvel Stadium clash that saw the Demons winger get subbed out of the game with a rib injury.

The decision sparked debate among the football world, and Noble confirmed he’d be requesting a please explain from the officials.

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“It’s one of those ones that’s difficult to balance isn’t it? I’m not sure of the interpretation, it was front on, I get the dangerous essence of tackles,” the Roos boss told reporters post-match.

“From my side of things I probably thought it was an OK tackle, I was pretty happy with it.

“I just think we have to be careful and I think there’s a balance on both sides. But I’m probably making a phone call on that one and a few others this week.”

It came in a contest where eight of the Demons’ shots in the first half came from either 50m penalties or free kicks as Noble was left visibly frustrated on the sidelines.

The North Melbourne coach insisted his grievance wasn’t always linked to the umpiring decisions specifically, but said there needed to be more clarity around certain interpretations.

“It’s a difficult job for the umpies to do, I get it. But there are ones that, as far as the interpretation go, we need to have an understanding of what that looks like for them,” he said.

“The frustration is on the sense that I think the guys (Roos players) are working their backside off, not necessarily the decision.

“It’s not necessarily the umpires (I’m frustrated at) when people flash me on the TV, I’m a hard competitor and it’s about the level of competition sometimes where I get frustrated.

“I appreciate that it’s a bloody difficult job out there (for umpires), and I think the game has got quicker.

“We want clarification every week.”

Noble addresses his players (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

The loss marked the Roos’ eighth-straight defeat as the club stumbled to 1-9 on the season.

It came after North dropped two of its key recruits from the last two off-seasons in Jaidyn Stephenson and Callum Coleman-Jones as it welcomed back several senior players.

Noble said he’d been “really clear” with Stephenson and Coleman-Jones on the areas of their games they needed to work on, but that he wouldn’t relay that publicly.

“For the first time in a few weeks we were able to have some pressure coming through selection. With that if guys aren’t able to deliver enough what we require, it means you get selection pressure,” he said.

“Unfortunately we had a bye this week so we weren’t able to get them back into the VFL.

“But both guys understand clearly what they need to do, they’ve got to go back to work, they’ve go to get on the training track, obviously put some performance in VFL and they’ve got to vie for their spot back again.

“While the scoreboard is out of kilter for us today, I think the effort, intensity and physicality we bought today is an indication of what those two have to do to get in the team as a starting point.

“I’m not saying that they’re necessary not going to be picked (next week), but I thought the areas of were both of those guys came out today were pretty solid.”

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