Rugby League fans nowadays are so eager to point the finger of blame at referees for their side's loss. Well, fans should be just as keen to praise an official when they do entirely what is asked of them. One of Super League's Sunday fixtures saw Castleford host Leeds at the Jungle.

A local derby with bragging rights at stake, compounded by the fact that it was the first game under Kevin Sinfield's and James Lowes' tenure for the Rhinos, this game would have seemed like a difficult one to referee for even the most experienced, let alone one that was only promoted to a full-time role this time last year.

But Moore excelled and, unlike a few of his peers, did not make the game all about him.


The main gripe with referees from the fans' and coaches' point of view is the lack of consistency - not just between referees, but also in games themselves. What was a penalty against Leeds was also a penalty against Castleford: twice both sides were pinged back for offside with neither side able to get away with encroaching past referee Moore. It was testament to how well the 22-year-old controlled the game by the fact that none of his decisions were met by groans or chants of "the referee's a (you know what)".

In fact, Sunday's game was the first time this season - and the first time in a long while - that fans of both sides came away from the game happy with the man in the middle's performance.

Neither side's supporters took to social media to bemoan the decisions from Mr. Moore and long may it continue.


Not only was Moore consistent, he was also confident in his decisions. Too often referees are seen to be dithering and cannot make their mind up over a decision - they also aren't helped a lot of the time by their touch judges - but Moore had conviction.

Whatever decision he made, he would stick to and this earns a lot of respect from players. If those on the field witness a referee changing his mind several times, they are more likely to contest a decision, hoping that the official will be influenced. It was perhaps a sign of the respect that Moore commanded that very few of his calls were criticised or contested by those on the field.

Taking a back seat

Being a whistle-happy referee is frustrating for those playing and watching; it stops the flow of the game and can ruin the generally respectful atmosphere on the field. Whilst Moore penalised both sides for indiscretions, he let the game take its natural course. At no point during the game could a fan say "that came off the back of a dodgy refereeing decision" which is quite rare nowadays. Still in his early 20s, Liam Moore is one of the youngest match officials to take charge of a Super League game, but, if Sunday's game is anything to go by, he will in charge of many more.