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On 7/17/2018 at 7:41 PM, DoubleD said:

Genuine question...................do they have neutral refs in Origin?

As in refs from States that aren't NSW or Queensland?

Because the ref(s) in that 3rd Origin seemed to give an awful lot to Queensland........

Stop making a total fool of yourself mate.

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Gerard Sutton and Ashley Klein will referee the 2018 Holden State of Origin III at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, July 11.

Chris Butler and Brett Suttor will be touch judges for the match, while Steve Chiddy (Senior Review Official) and Ben Galea (Review Official) will operate the NRL Bunker.

"Both referees have done a great job in the first two matches of the series so it stands to reason they will officiate in the final game," Senior Manager Officiating Bernard Sutton said.

"Importantly both referees have officiated well as a partnership. They deserve to finish off the series."

The selections were made by the referees appointments committee, which includes Senior Manager Officiating Bernard Sutton, Officiating Head Coach Michael Maguire and Assistant Referees Coaches Russell Smith and Steve Carrall.

The match officials for the third Holden State of Origin match, on July 11, are:

Referee: Gerard Sutton
Assist Referee: Ashley Klein
Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Review Official: Ben Galea
Touch Judges: Chris Butler, Brett Suttor
Standby Referee: Ben Cummins
Standby Touch Judge: Nick Beashel

I think Sutton is from NSW. Klein was born in NSW and spent his youth in England starting his refereeing of the professional game on a high point taking charge of a Featherstone Rovers game! 🙂

As has happened before them the same two refs got all three Origin games this series.

Aussie refs seem to get the top games. Sutton has reffed in game(s) where Australia have played.

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I reckon neutral refs should be a requirement in international games at least.

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5 hours ago, Graham said:

I reckon neutral refs should be a requirement in international games at least.

If the hatred/passion is so strong between the states as I keep getting told, then it should be mandatory in Origin too. 

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