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Harrigan not a factor: Folkes

By Brent Read 26/09/2003 07:56:31 PM Comments (0)

The Bulldogs will head into Saturday night's do-or-die National Rugby League preliminary final against the Sydney Roosters having won just two of seven matches under Bill Harrigan this season.

The Roosters, on the other hand, have won five of their six matches this year under the control of the premiership's leading referee.

But Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes dismissed his side's poor record under Harrigan on the eve of their sell-out showdown with the premiers.

"I don't look at the referee so I don't know who the referee is until the day of the game," Folkes said.

However, Folkes conceded he was aware Harrigan was in control of Saturday night's game before offering a curt response when asked whether it was a factor: "It shouldn't be."

The Bulldogs have won only one game this season under Harrigan until last weekend's semi-final victory over Melbourne.

Ironically that lone match was their round nine win over the Sydney Roosters at Telstra Stadium.

And Roosters coach Ricky Stuart was far from impressed with Harrigan and his fellow officials after the match, describing their performance as "very much below average".

Video referee Mick Stone was subsequently dropped after incorrectly awarding a try to Bulldogs forward Andrew Ryan.

The Bulldogs lost another three games under Harrigan after that - to Penrith, Canberra and the New Zealand Warriors - before beating the Storm last weekend.

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