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Bellamy won't start interpretation talks

By Steve Jancetic 25/06/2008 11:40:53 AM Comments (0)

NSW coach Craig Bellamy will not instigate a meeting with referees boss Robert Finch ahead of Origin III despite admitting uncertainty over interpretations for the series decider.

Experienced whistleblower Tony Archer was handed control of game three, a deadpanned Bellamy claiming to be "ecstatic" with he reappointment.

Blues officials are still dirty over the change in Archer's interpretation around the ruck from game one to the 30-0 loss in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.

Bellamy claimed he didn't know whether Origin III would be a repeat of the faster game seen at Suncorp Stadium or whether players would be allowed more leniency in slowing down the tackled player as was the case in the series opener.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga campaigned heavily in the lead-up to game two for Archer to give his side a fair go, Bellamy is rejecting the opportunity to go down the same path.

"It's not my decision, I don't worry about things out of my control," Bellamy said of the appointment.

"Robert Finch thinks he is the best man for the job and we've got no problem with that.

"We had a quick conversation yesterday but it (the interpretation) was a thing that Robert wasn't prepared to talk too much about unless both teams were represented and I can understand that."

The Blues suffocated the Maroons in game one with hooker Cameron Smith and halfback Johnathan Thurston nullified by fast-moving markers and an equally eager defensive line.

Just six penalties were blown for the entire match, compared to 16 in game two when Smith, Thurston, Scott Prince and Greg Inglis ran rampant.

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