Cummins, Sutton to ref NRL GF
BEN Cummins and Gerard Sutton will referee Sunday’s NRL grand final between the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders.
Cummins is the lead official with Sutton his assistant – the second time the pair will combine for a decider after the 2015 grand final. It will be the fifth decider for both referees.
“It means a lot. It’s something we’ve been working to all year and I’m just excited to be doing the game with my colleagues,” Cummins said.
NRL head of football Graham Annesley said the standard of refereeing had improved late in the season after going “backwards” during the State of Origin period.
“I felt around the Origin period, that performances dipped a little and we took a step backwards,” Annesley said.
“Once we got through that period, I felt that they’ve come home pretty strongly.”
The video officials will be Jared Maxwell and Ben Galea, with Chris Butler and Nick Beashel the touch judges.
Kasey Badger and Daniel Schwass will officiate the women’s grand final, while Todd Smith and Tyson Brough have the State Championship.
Badger will be the first woman to be lead referee the women’s decider.