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Archer defends bunker's Bronco call

  • Archer defends bunker's Bronco call

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02: Referee's Tony Archer (R) and Matt Cecchin congratulate each other after the 2011 NRL Grand Final match between the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the Warriors at ANZ Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Referees boss Tony Archer has defended the bunker's decision to controversially deny Brisbane a try in their NRL loss to the Sydney Roosters.

The bunker was blasted after video referee Bernard Sutton overturned the on-field decision to award Broncos forward Herman Ese'ese a four-pointer in the 75th minute of Thursday night's match.

Sutton claimed Ese'ese had committed a double movement, despite appearing to have been rolled over in-goal by two defenders, sending social media and commentary boxes into meltdown.

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However, Archer backed the call on Friday.

"The rules relating to this area of the game are that a try should be awarded if momentum of the tackled player carries him into the in-goal," Archer told NRL.com.

"However, a tackled player should be penalised if he makes a second movement to place the ball over the line for a try."

Archer also argued that Ese'ese, yet to score a try in his debut season, had pushed his feet from the ground in a bid to get over the tryline in addition to extending the arm carrying the football.

"Ese'ese then used his leg to push forward towards the tryline as well as promoting the ball over the defenders. Under the rule, this constitutes a second movement," Archer said.

"I understand people will debate this decision in regards to the momentum of the tackle.

"But the generating of the player's own momentum and promotion of the ball over a defender means that it is a no try."

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