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Tony Archer to referee NRL grand final

29/09/2008 06:30:41 PM Comments (0)

Just like Manly, referee Tony Archer believes he will be better for last year's NRL grand final experience.

Archer was on Monday appointed referee for Sunday's NRL grand final between Melbourne and the Sea Eagles.

It is Archer's second grand final in as many years after he carried the whistle in last year's decider, won 34-8 by the Storm over the Sea Eagles.

Referees' boss Robert Finch handed Archer control ahead of Shayne Hayne after an intensive de-brief of both their preliminary final performances.

Archer said he would not be as nervous for this year's decider after officiating in three Test matches in England and three State of Origin games since the 2007 grand final.

"I'm better for the experience," said Archer.

"There is no doubt I will do the week better than last year.

"I think I can probably plan it out (my preparation) a little bit better."

Steve Chiddy and Jeff Younis were named sideline officials with Bill Harrigan and Steve Clark to take up their positions in the video referees' box.

Hayne has been named referee of the under 20s grand final between Canberra and Brisbane.

Archer says while he will be feeling pressure going into his second decider, it doesn't differ from any other final, Test match or Origin game.

But the 38-year-old police prosecutor is adamant any talk in the media about grapple tackles or other illegal tactics will not affect his officiating on Sunday night.

"I will adjudicate what happens on the field in front of me," he said.

"At this time of year there's always extra pressure but being involved in professional sport there's always pressure involved.

"I don't feel there's any extra pressure going into this game as opposed to the big games I have been exposed to in the past."

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