Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ref Facing Rules Test; Manly, Storm Sure to Push Limit

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ref Facing Rules Test; Manly, Storm Sure to Push Limit

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RUGBY LEAGUE: THE heat is firmly on referee Tony Archer with neither Melbourne nor Manly ready to change their penalty-attracting styles in tomorrow's NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium.

Melbourne and Manly, the top two teams of the regular season, have also been among the worst offenders when it comes to pushing the limits of the rules.

Their 7.3 penalties a game throughout the 2008 season were topped only by Newcastle with 7.5.

"I wasn't aware of that fact ... I'm not quite sure why that is," said Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy yesterday.

The statistics for Melbourne and Manly fly in the face of the notion that referees' penalty decisions are key to deciding the outcome of NRL games.

In fact it seems some of the Storm and Sea Eagles' success this year has come about because they don't mind testing the limits.

And it appears Archer can expect more of the same tomorrow.

"We're not going to change our style too much, Manly aren't going to change their style too much," Bellamy said. …

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