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Less than a week aft Ashley Klein retained his mantle arsenic State of Origin referee, the whistleblower has scored different win.

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns has backed the determination to again name Klein the referee for the Origin opener, aft helium was recalled astatine the disbursal of Gerard Sutton successful 2022.

"Good decision," Johns said connected Wide World of Sports' Freddy and The Eighth.

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"I deliberation he's successful truly bully form.

"I similar the mode helium refs: debased punishment count, manages the game, helium has a consciousness for the game.

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"Good appointment."

Ashley Klein officiating during the 2022 State of Origin series. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Johns shifted attraction to the Eels' triumph implicit the Rabbitohs past Friday night, which saw Parramatta people a 36-16 triumph astatine Allianz Stadium.

Only 7 penalties were awarded and the Eels were pinged conscionable once, erstwhile front-rower Wiremu Greig was done for lying successful the ruck.

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"That was the the champion crippled I've seen officiated," Johns said.

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"At half-time determination were nary six-to-goes and (only) 3 penalties. And it showed; the crippled flowed, the crippled was open, determination was existent fatigue successful the mediate of the field, and past precocious successful the crippled due to the fact that of constricted stoppages, the crippled truly opened up.

"I similar the mode helium officiates."

In the 2022 Origin series, won by Queensland successful a decider, Klein blew 8 penalties successful crippled one, 13 successful crippled 2 and 7 successful the 3rd match.

Klein volition officiate his 12th Origin crippled erstwhile New South Wales and Queensland quadrate disconnected astatine Adelaide Oval adjacent Wednesday night.

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