NRL 2 years ago

Archer backs 'Hand of Dog' bunker call

  • Archer backs 'Hand of Dog' bunker call

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Referee Tony Archer reacts during the 2012 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

NRL referees boss Tony Archer says the bunker made the right call in awarding a controversial try to Will Hopoate, after an accidental knock-on from Tony Williams, in Canterbury's win over St George Illawarra.

Williams was ruled by the bunker to have accidentally knocked the ball forward in the lead-up to the try in the 34-16 win at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, a manoeuvre that revived memories of a play made famous by Dally Messenger over 100 years ago.

The play was quickly coined the "Hand of Dog" and on Tuesday in his weekly review, Archer said his match review officials were correct in ruling play on after the Williams effort, and a try to Hopoate.

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