Archer Explains Decision

Referees boss Tony Archer explains the no try that was given in the second half to the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs winger Sam Perrett had a ‘try’ call sent upstairs by referee Matt Cecchin was overturned by the bunker due to a forward pass.

Archer explained that Cecchin should have signalled a ‘no try’ call after the touch judge picked up the forward pass, but said ultimately the bunker had indeed stuck with the “live call”, even though Cecchin ignored his touch judge and signalled he was comfortable a try had been scored.

"There was a live call of a forward pass y the touch judge," said Archer.

"The referee confirmed to the senior review official that if the ball was not touched he would rule the ball having been passed forward.

"The bunker reviewed the vision and determined that there was no touch, so the pass was deemed forward based on the on-field officials' original assessment.

"The bunker only reviewed whether the ball was touched by a Parramatta player, and it wasn't, and not the forward pass.

"So the correct decision was a forward pass and that was the original call by the touch judge.”