THE controversial benefit-of-the-doubt rule is set to be scrapped after the appointment of a new refereeing structure headed by former Parramatta and Warriors coach Daniel Anderson.

While several rules, headed by the obstruction law, will come under review before a meeting of the ARL Commission on December 18, Anderson indicated benefit of the doubt was unlikely to be an option for video referees next season.

''Benefit of the doubt will come under scrutiny - let's not be naive about that,'' Anderson said.

Grand final referee Tony Archer, who has retired to take up a position alongside Russell Smith as a technical coach, also suggested benefit of the doubt was unlikely to survive.

''It's obviously something that we need to review,'' Archer said.

''It is something that has evolved with the introduction of technology and the improvement of that, so it is certainly a point in time now to look at that, take in all of the factors and come up with the right method to go forward with next year.''

Smith added: ''We were criticised a few years ago for finding reasons not to award tries. Perhaps we have extended that too far. It's not deliberate - it just happens over time.''

Anderson warned that mistakes would occur but said he wanted to make the job of referees simpler.

''I think we can clean up these areas like obstruction,'' he said. ''We won't make it perfect but we can improve the adjudication of it. There is such a fine line, though - there is going to be errors on occasions.''

The awarding of a Manly try in their semi-final win over North Queensland, despite an apparent Kieran Foran knock-on in the lead-up, was one of the low points of the season, and an example of everything that is wrong with the benefit-of-the-doubt rule.

Justin Hodges's try in the State of Origin decider, and a Canterbury try in their round-24 win over Wests Tigers, illustrated the widespread confusion in rugby league about the tinkering to the obstruction rule.

Anderson, who has stepped down from commentating duties with ABC Radio to take up the new role, said he was ready for the scrutiny that would come in his new position as successor to Bill Harrigan and Stuart Raper.

''I'm walking into this with my eyes wide open,'' Anderson said.

''I'm looking forward to it. It is a challenging and very much high-profile position within the game. As a lover of rugby league, I have a chance to contribute to its evolution and to have an influence.''

with AAP