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Cummins retained for NRL's final round

Referee Ben Cummins will be retained for the NRL's final round despite his officiating blunder in Brisbane's win over St George Illawarra on Friday.
Cummins retained for NRL's final round
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, September 2 AAP - Referee Ben Cummins will be retained for the NRL's final round despite his officiating blunder in Brisbane's win over St George Illawarra on Friday.

Cummins' decision to erroneously sin bin Broncos forward Matt Gillett for being offside after a Brett Morris quick tap was described by Penrith supremo and Channel Nine Commentator Phil Gould as "the greatest clanger I have ever seen".

But NRL head of football Todd Greenberg has indicated it will not cost Cummins his first grade spot a week out from the finals.

"I think we have been pretty consistently clear this year that we have tried not to drop referees on one bad performance," Greenberg said on Tuesday morning at the announcement of the National Youth Competition team of the year.

"We are determined to make sure the referees are the best they can be.

"I think (referees boss) Tony Archer has done an outstanding job this year, he has a very tough portfolio."

However, Cummins, who was pictured at South Sydney training on Monday, is unlikely to referee one of the high profile games in what would be considered a demotion.

He could be called upon to officiate in either of the two games which will have no bearing on the final make up of the top eight, Wests Tigers v Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday or the Newcastle/St George Illawarra clash at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.

The NRL will officially announce the refereeing appointments late on Tuesday afternoon.




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