FW1: Archer discusses refereeing decisions
Tony Archer discusses the contentious referee decisions from Week 1 of the NRL Finals.
Bulldogs centre Josh Morris was denied a potentially match-changing try in the 60th minute during the Bulldogs elimination final with the Penrith Panthers.
With his side down by 10 points, Morris was dragged towards the tryline and appeared to be help up by Penrith's defence, but after being asked to play the ball by referee Jared Maxwell, replays showed that the ball had in fact reached the line.
The try could have been a game changer and referee’s boss Tony Archer has admitted, Jared Maxwell the on field referee should have referred the appeal from Morris to the bunker.
“I do think it should have been referred to the bunker,” Archer said.
“The reason for that is, because of the closeness the ball gets to the line.
“You can see if the referee is coming across field, he needs to have clear vision on that football all the way to determine whether or not it has reached the line.
“In the case where the ball reaches the line – obviously the second element that has to be considered there is whether or not it is a double movement by Morris and whether or not the ball makes the line.
“So in those circumstances, the referee should have sent it to the bunker.”
Archer also has his say on a number issues that came out of the Broncos win over the Titans on Friday night.