Bennett and Smith both back one ref system

Wayne Bennett has joined Cameron Smith in praising the Rugby World Cup’s one-referee system.

It is being used instead of the NRL’s two-referee system, which was introduced in 2009.

After the Kangaroos win over England on Friday night Cameron Smith said the game ran more smoothly.


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“It does make quite a difference with one referee, the game tends to flow a lot more, there are not as many stoppages,” he said.

“I do enjoy one referee.

“I like the continual flow of the game, it makes for a more consistent game of footy, given there’s one person officiating.”

However,  Wayne Bennett said even though he prefers the one ref system he can’t see the NRL reverting back to it.