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Super League Referee Appointments: Ben Thaler makes return

Super League referee Ben Thaler

The officiating teams for Round 12 of Super League have been confirmed, with Liam Moore and Chris Kendall taking key fixtures.

With every game this season being shown live on Sky Sports, once again, every game has a video referee assigned.

On Friday night, Leigh Leopards travel to a Huddersfield Giants side that have suffered two heavy defeats on the bounce, and will see this game as a huge opportunity to pick up some much-needed points. Overseeing will be James Vella, with Ben Thaler as video referee.

Elsewhere, a heavyweight clash of St Helens against Leeds Rhinos is coming up for the third time this season, and the Rhinos will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the two losses in the space of a week against Paul Wellens’ side. Tom Grant will be studying the replays as Liam Moore referees.

The other game on Friday night is between the sides tenth and eleventh in the league, as Castleford Tigers host Hull FC in a game that could end up being crucial for IMG performance scores ahead of next season. Aaron Moore is the referee for this one, with Marcus Griffiths the video ref.

On Saturday, Warrington Wolves swap Cheshire for Catalonia as they travel to face Catalans Dragons in a game that will see at least one of the sides drop points in the race to finish the season top of the table. For this huge game, it’s Chris Kendall officiating, while Jack Smith is video referee.

In a break with tradition, there are two games on Sunday, and one sees Salford Red Devils take on Wigan Warriors, where Paul Rowley’s men may look to exploit a Wigan side that will be without three key players due to bans. Tom Grant will have Aaron Moore to assist as video referee.

Finally, London Broncos play at Plough Lane on a Sunday yet again, and they’re faced with a stern test in Hull KR – although they’ll be bruised from a heavy Challenge Cup semi-final defeat.

Ben Thaler is the referee in the capital for the final game of the weekend. Thaleer returns to officiate in Super League having spent this season refereeing in the Championship, though he has been the video referee for several Super League game.

He will be assisted for this one by James Vella, who will be the video referee for the game in Wimbledon.

The full list of appointments can be found below.

Super League Referee Appointments

Friday 24th May

Huddersfield Giants v Leigh Leopards – Referee: James Vella, Video Referee: Ben Thaler

St Helens v Leeds Rhinos – Referee: Liam Moore, Video Referee: Tom Grant

Castleford Tigers v Hull FC – Referee: Aaron Moore, Video Referee: Marcus Griffiths

Saturday 25th May

Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves – Referee: Chris Kendall, Video Referee: Jack Smith

Sunday 26th May

Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors – Referee: Tom Grant, Video Referee: Aaron Moore

London Broncos v Hull KR – Referee: Ben Thaler, Video Referee: James Vella

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