Two referees better than one?

IT appears that after another NRL season of consistent inconsistency from the bulk of the refereeing ranks, the NRL may be about to trial a new way to find that elusive quality week in week out. League Unlimited has learned that the NRL is moving on an idea to have a regular season game officiated by a pair of referees using an interchange format. While information at this stage is sketchy, the likely game will feature a pair of teams out of finals contention, so no contending team could point to ?inconsistency? costing them a lucrative playoff birth. Games that fit the profile from Round 25 include South Sydney vs. Cronulla and the Wests Tigers against North Queensland. With all four teams mathematically eliminated from mid-September action, it gives the NRL the opportunity to trial their less experienced referees under an interchange format. Not surprisingly, the most consistent referees this year are indeed the only three fulltime referees employed by the NRL. Bill Harrigan, Steve Clark, and Tim Mander are clearly a cut above their part-time counterparts and the NRL may use this experiment to possibly pair off the part-timers for the coming seasons. Even if this experiment is indeed a one off, you have to give the NRL marks for trying something to get consistency back into rugby league. moving to faster web host

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Parra prevails but Field turns on a tour de force

SYDNEY Airport Jets halfback and captain Craig Field gave a bravura performance at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon, even though the Parramatta Eels eventually won this NSW Premier League match by 46-38.

Bartercard Cup - Round 16 results

POSITIONS have now been sorted in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition following the end of the Rounds leading to the semis starting next weekend. Canterbury Bulls have earned themselves a week's grace after finishing top of the table.

ESL Round 23 wrap up

RESULTS in from Round 23.

NRL wrap - round 23

THE top eight looks settled with Roosters, the mighty Panthers, Canterbury, Canberra all sitting comfortably in the top four. Four points back, the Broncos, Storm, Warriors and Knights are sitting on 28 points to make up the remainder of the cut.

Caine And Trindall Released!

STEVE Trindall & Joel Caine have been released from the remainder of their 2003 Wests Tigers playing contract.

Hill Will Know Season?s Fate Tomorrow

INJURY-RAVAGED Melbourne Storm playmaker Scott Hill will know his short term fate tomorrow (Tuesday) when he undergoes MRI scans on the shoulder he re-injured during Sunday?s 38-point dubbing of Parramatta.

Lockyer And Ikin Expected To Lead Charge

THE National Rugby League cavalry arrives for Brisbane this week with representative stars Darren Lockyer and Ben Ikin expected back on deck to tackle the Warriors at Ericsson Stadium.

Injury List Could Determine Finals Berth

LIKE few others years, the 2003 National Rugby League competition is fast becoming a battle of attrition for the game's star playmakers.

Toopi charged

NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi is the only player to be charged this weekend. moving to faster web host

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The 8 Takes Shape

THE top eight and the all-important top four appear settled following some decisive outcomes in the National Rugby League at the weekend.

Doctors Warn Of Serious Injuries

THE spinal specialist who ruled Andrew Johns out for the rest of the season has challenged the National Rugby League (NRL) to investigate minimising the number of players allowed in a tackle.

Talau Packs His Bags For Britain

KIWIS centre Willie Talau has been released by the Canterbury Bulldogs to shore up injury-hit English Super League club St Helens.

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