Refs got in wrong on Guerra in NRL: Archer

NRL referees boss Tony Archer said his charges erred in not sending Sydney Roosters utility Aidan Guerra to the sinbin for a professional foul in the loss to the Warriors on Sunday.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden said after his side’s 32-28 win at Central Coast Stadium the NRL risked making it “open slather” if players were not sinbinned for professional fouls after Guerra was penalised for taking out Ryan Hoffman in a tryscoring situation.

Hoffman agreed with his coach in saying a penalty try probably wasn’t appropriate as he was felled in the Roosters’ in-goal in the first half.

But Hoffman also queried why the Queensland forward wasn’t given a 10 minute rest, after being penalised.

It was a stance Archer agreed with on Monday.

“Firstly in relation to the penalty try, I am comfortable that it is not a penalty try,” 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.”

In the Canterbury-Canberra match on Monday night officials followed that very edict as Bulldogs forward Josh Jackson impeded Jordan Rapana after the Raiders had looked set to score.

Jackson received a stint in the sin bin, the Raiders going on to score eight points and effectively wrap up the match when he was off the field.

However Archer said two controversial calls in Cronulla’s win over Wests Tigers on Saturday were correct.

Archer said the bunker was right to deny tries to Tigers fullback James Tedesco (interference) and then Sharks centre Ricky Leutele (obstruction).

He added that officials were right to overturn a scrum feed in the Penrith-Parramatta clash on Sunday, late in the Panthers’ win.

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