NRL doubles down with controversial refereeing appointment for Origin 2

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    The referees for Game 2 of the 2018 State of Origin series have been announced, with Gerard Sutton and Ashley Klein confirmed to retain their spot in the middle.

    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.

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    The Crowd Says (11)

    • June 19th 2018 @ 4:09pm
      david crich said | June 19th 2018 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

      there were only 5 penalties granted, BUT there were 5 refereeing mistakes, they are ignored.

      The match committee’s instructions for the NRL competition were not carried out.

      Is it any wonder the sporting public are disillusioned with the refereeing under Bernard Sutton’s

      control, i know I am.

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      June 19th 2018 @ 4:23pm
      Nat said | June 19th 2018 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

      How on earth does Klein manage that. He is bad on the field and worse with the video to assist.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 4:29pm
      kk said | June 19th 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

      Less penalties than O1 would be applauded.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 4:56pm
      3 recalcitrant monkeys said | June 19th 2018 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

      38 years we’ve had to put up with this rubbish !..

      • June 19th 2018 @ 6:06pm
        Peter said | June 19th 2018 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

        Are you hopelessly optimistic (for almost four decades) or just a really really slow learner? Why bother watching at all if it leaves you so unhappy?

    • June 19th 2018 @ 7:09pm
      KenoathCarnt said | June 19th 2018 @ 7:09pm | ! Report

      If they can see a forward pass and a player stripping the ball it should be a good game.

    • June 19th 2018 @ 10:03pm
      Paul said | June 19th 2018 @ 10:03pm | ! Report

      I can’t see a lot of point in whinging about the refs. They’ve been selected for what ever reason and we’re stuck with them.

      I just hope they have a good game, don’t make any/too many contentious decisions and don’t negatively affect the games result.

      Of course, if they screw up…..

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