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Stone axed after video blunders
Experienced video referee Mick Stone has been axed by National Rugby League referees boss Robert Finch following his blunder in Friday night's Bulldogs-Sydney Rooster's match.
Stone was the second video referee to be demoted in a week after Chris Ward was stood down last Monday following his handling of the South Sydney-Canberra match.
Finch says the league is taking action to improve the video referee process but the refereeing standard remains extremely high. Stone incorrectly awarded a try to Andrew Ryan after the Bulldogs lock cleaned up a Brent Sherwin kick.
Replays indicated Ryan was offside and the Roosters should have been awarded a penalty.