NRL referees’ boss admits Roosters star Aidan Guerra should have been sinbinned

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NRL referees’ boss Tony Archer has conceded Sydney Roosters forward Aidan Guerra should have been sinbinned for a professional foul in Sunday’s 32-28 golden point loss to the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium.

However, Archer backed the decision of referee Matt Cecchin and the NRL Bunker review team led by Luke Patten not to award a penalty try after Guerra held back Warriors forward Ryan Hoffman as he chased a Jeff Robson grubber kick into the Roosters’ in-goal area.

The incident occurred midway through the first half and Warriors coach Andrew McFadden warned it would be “open slather” if match officials continued their “conservative” approach towards leaving a team a man short for 10 minutes for a professional foul.

Archer said Guerra should have been sent to the sinbin for pulling Hoffman back by his jersey as he attempted to beat Roosters fullback Latrell Mitchell to the loose ball.

“Firstly in relation to the penalty try, I am comfortable that it is not a penalty try and the reason for that is that Latrell Mitchell is very much present there and the ball is loose so to ground the ball they obviously have to take some control over that bouncing ball,” Archer said. “In relation to the interference, only a penalty was awarded. It is the responsibility of all officials, including the on-field officials, to assess the seriousness of the breach.

“If you look at this particular breach and the way it unfolds, I believe the player should have been sinbinned for that and the penalty awarded.”

Archer also confirmed a try to Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco should have been disallowed due to an obstruction by back-rower Chris Lawrence on Paul Gallen in Saturday’s night’s match at Campbelltown Stadium but the decision to deny Cronulla a try for the Sharks captain impeding Kevin Naiqama had been correct.

“The situation was that there was contact made on Naiqama by Gallen, it impeded his ability to defend and subsequently the decision of no try is the correct one,” Archer told the NRL website. “In relation to the Tedesco try, I believe there is sufficient evidence to overturn that. There was contact by Lawrence on Gallen close to the try line and in relation to what we have ruled this year it would be appropriate that we overturned that and made that a no try.”

Despite the controversial try to Tedesco, the Tigers lost the match 36-28 and they suffered a further blow when the NRL match review committee issued a grade two dangerous contact charge against centre Tim Simona for a crusher tackle on Cronulla’s Jack Bird.

Simona faces a two-match ban if he pleads guilty or three matches on the sideline if he unsuccessfully challenges the charge at Wednesday night’s judiciary.

Warriors winger Solomone Kata was charged with a grade one dangerous throw for a tackle on Sydney Roosters centre Blake Ferguson but he can avoid a one-match suspension with an early plea.

Archer rejected criticism about the consistency of review officials in the NRL Bunker intervening to overturn an on-field decision after a scrum feed awarded to Parramatta was given to Penrith in the lead-up to the first of the Panthers two tries in the final four minutes to snatch a 20-18 win in the derby.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin described the involvement of the bunker as “Russian roulette” and his Parramatta counterpart Brad Arthur called for consistency but Archer said all clubs had been advised at the start of the season when the review team could be involved in play. “They came up with the correct decision and they also did it in a very timely fashion whilst it stayed in the time frame of the shot clock for the scrum so it is a very good example of how well the bunker worked in relation to that,” Archer said. “The policy is very clear and it hasn’t changed this year about when they can be involved in play. There are five occasions when the bunker can be involved in play; point scoring plays, foul play that is reportable, a 40:20, a 20-metre or goal line drop out and they can change the team that has the re-start, and a scrum and who has the loose and feed.”

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