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.

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.

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.

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.

South Sydney Rabbitohs Name Squad For Cowboys Game

ASHLEY Harrison returns to the Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs for this Saturday night?s clash against the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.

Gasnier returns - Dragons name 12th Debutante

THE Dragons have made two changes this week, with former international centre Mark Gasnier back after a month on the injury bench and a 12th NRL rookie named for the important round 24 Telstra Premiership clash with the Storm at WIN Stadium on Friday night.

Warriors Name Squad For Bronco's Game

STACEY Jones does not figure in the Warriors lineup named by coach Daniel Anderson for Sunday's NRL clash with Brisbane at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland.

Toopi Pleads Guilty

NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi has entered an early guilty plea to a high tackle charge and will escape suspension because of his clean record.

Fittler To Miss Eagles Game

SYDNEY Roosters captain Brad Fittler confirmed he was likely to miss Sunday's National Rugby League home clash with Manly with a shoulder injury.

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.

Chris Walker Contemplates Code Switch

ROOSTERS winger Chris Walker has expressed an interest in following former Brisbane Broncos teammates Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri into the rugby union ranks.

Scott Hill Vows To Return

SHATTERED Melbourne star Scott Hill refused to believe his stalling National Rugby League career was in jeopardy after ruling himself out for the rest of the 2003 season.

Penrith Panthers Sign Up Young Talent

PENRITH boosted its ranks for the 2004 National Rugby League season with the signing of four promising youngsters.

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