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Refs boss Finch denies Cecchin axing

By Ian McCullough 26/05/2009 05:00:44 PM Comments (0)

Referees coach Robert Finch insists under-fire Matt Cecchin has not been dumped for this weekend's round of NRL games.

Cecchin, who was slammed by Manly coach Des Hasler after awarding a last-minute penalty that cost his team victory over the Gold Coast on Sunday, has been left off this weekend's round of matches,

However, Finch said this is due to Tony Archer's State of Origin involvement and not to take Cecchin out of the firing line.

"The referees work in teams and Matt works in Tony Archer's team and as Tony has been given the week off because of State of Origin so has Matt," Finch told AAP.

"It's the same for Shane Hayne who has also been given the weekend off for State of Origin, Gerrard Sutton will be off as well."

Archer and Hayne will become the first ever two referee team pairing for next Wednesday's Origin opener in Melbourne having been endorsed to the ARL by Finch.

"You want to put forward the best referees and these guys have been selected because they have been the best this season and because they are the most experienced," he said.

Finch also has no doubt the two-ref system will not have an adverse affect on the Origin game, or slow it down as some critics have predicted.

"When you referee the better people you get less penalties which is usually the case in Origin games ... there is no danger of the game being slowed down at all, if anything it may be faster," he said.

Hasler was not the only coach upset by refereeing decisions last week with Wests Tigers boss Tim Sheens also furious with the performance of Jared Maxwell in his side's narrow defeat to Brisbane last Friday.

Sheens met with Finch on Tuesday to discuss some of the decisions awarded in the game and Finch said it had been productive.

"It was fine, we had a chat ... and a discussion today and it was productive as far as I was concerned, I don't want to go into detail about what was said, but I think it was good," he said.

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