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Harrigan to meet Stuart over ref decisions

29/05/2011 07:06:48 PM Comments (0)

NSW coach Ricky Stuart will meet to discuss whistle-blowing mistakes from State of Origin game one with referees boss Bill Harrigan on Monday afternoon.

Stuart called Harrigan on Sunday, but instead of airing his grievances over the phone, the Blues mentor organised to meet Harrigan face-to-face.

There were three notable decisions which went against NSW in their opening loss to Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

Early in the match fullback Josh Dugan was illegally tackled by Maroons' centre Willie Tonga when he was in the air taking a bomb.

Officials Tony Archer and Jared Maxwell and their linesmen also missed a three-in-the-tackle strip from Johnathan Thurston on Akuila Uate in the opening 40 minutes, and incorrectly blew up a forward pass from Mitchell Pearce from the kick-off in the second half.

Maxwell's appointment has been criticised, given experienced referee Shayne Hayne was overlooked and because it broke apart the combination of Archer/Hayne who have officiated plenty of big matches together in the past.

Speaking on ABC Grandstand on Sunday, Harrigan defended the performances of Archer and Maxwell and said he has no concerns about how they combine as a pair in the two referee system.

"Maxwell has run around and refereed with Archer especially last year when Robert Finch doubled them up a fair bit, so there was always some pretty senior guys running around together on a Friday night and sometimes on the Monday," he said, when asked if the duo had ever refereed together before.

"There's no problem there ... and when you get two of your experienced blokes (together) you think they've had enough experience to do the job exactly right."

Harrigan also backed his decision to appoint Maxwell ahead of incumbent Hayne.

The former accomplished referee said Maxwell was unlucky not to get a whistle in last year's series and his selection was a reward for consistency.

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