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Refs under pressure for Origin II

Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins are under increased pressure to hold their spots for State of Origin III after being accused of losing control at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.
Refs under pressure for Origin II
by AAP

By Ben Horne

SYDNEY, June 19 AAP - Referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins are under increased pressure to hold their spots for State of Origin III after being accused of losing control at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

In one of the more spiteful Origin games in recent memory, the niggle was non-stop throughout the 80 minutes and the whistleblowers were unable to set a clear marker early.

Through the referees' microphone players were continuously heard pleading with Hayne and Cummins to get a handle on proceedings as the game went from one spot fire to the next.

Queensland forward Nate Myles was filthy about an alleged knee from a NSW player which fractured Matt Scott's eye socket and ruled him out of the match - but went unpunished.

NSW were equally bemused when Myles threw a punch at James Tamou and stayed on the field, even though the rules state an almost mandatory 10 minutes in the sin bin for the offence.

The biggest boil over of them all came with two minutes left when Johnathan Thurston and Josh Reynolds clashed heads in an ugly exchange.

Asked about the performance of the referees, NSW hooker Robbie Farah told AAP post-game:

"I think they probably lost control a bit but I don't really care now we've won the game," he said.

Queensland were also reluctant to make a big deal of some perceived refereeing blunders, offering no excuses for the 6-4 defeat which ended their incredible eight-year reign.

But in the post-match press conference coach Mal Meninga said his team had copped two incorrect calls against them at crucial moments.

In the 52nd minute, Meninga believes forward Sam Thaiday should have been awarded a try when Blues fullback Jarryd Hayne dislodged the ball from his grasp.

Had the try been awarded it would have been 10-0 Queensland.

Then from the re-start after Trent Hodkinson had put NSW ahead 6-4 with nine minutes left, replays clearly showed the kick-off grazed Blues forward Aaron Woods' chest before it went out on the full. It should have been a drop out to Queensland, but instead NSW received a penalty on halfway.

Hayne and Cummins survived the axe from game one, despite NSW coach Laurie Daley and the Blues camp left fuming at a series of questionable decisions at the death.


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