The announcement comes on the back of a horror weekend for Klein, who was in the bunker for the game featuring the Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A try to Shannon Boyd was sent to the bunker, with the green lights expected to be shown, except that Klein overruled the decision to give it a no try, based on the fact he didn’t think the ball had reached the ground.
While Klein’s effort in the bunker on Sunday was questionable, as was his original selection for the series over referees like Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins, Origin 1 was refereed differently to the rest of the NRL season.
There were just five penalties blown across the course of the contest. Given the officiating crackdown on issues such as offside and ruck infringements this season, the count came as a surprise but saw a free, fast-flowing game between the Blues and Maroons.
Senior manager of NRL officiating Bernard Sutton said it was important to be consistent.
“Both referees officiated very well in the opening State of Origin game and it is certainly beneficial to maintain some consistency through the course of the series,” Sutton said.
Full list of match officials for State of Origin Game 2
Referee: Gerard Sutton Assist Referee: Ashley Klein Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy Review Official: Ben Galea Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Brett Suttor Standby Referee: Ben Cummins Standby Touch Judge: Chris Butler
The game, which is set to be played at ANZ Stadium this Sunday, June 24, is the first standalone Origin to be played in decades, with the Maroons needing a win to keep the series alive and avoid a dead rubber back at home for Game 3.
It was the one State of Origin award Billy Slater couldn’t win. Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco was crowned NSW’s best player from their 2018 series victory on Monday night, earning his maiden Brad Fittler Medal. Controversially overlooked by Kangaroos selectors for the Wally Lewis player of the series, Tedesco was the Blues’ best in […]
It’s been a week since Game 3 of Origin and with pretty much any discussion on the game revolving around post-match drama I figured I’d take the opportunity to remind everyone that a game did in fact take place prior to the awards ceremony.
Since 2004, the Wally Lewis Medal has been one of the most prestigious awards in rugby league, given to the best player at the end of the State of Origin series. Handing that accolade to a player who only played two of the three games has devalued it forever.