Rugby league fans believe whistleblowers gave the NSW Blues the rub of the green in Game 2 after Brad Fittler’s ‘whinge’.
Brad “Freddy” Fittler’s masterstroke as a coach may have come just before the start of Game 2 in Perth on Sunday night.
As the NSW Blues clashed with the QLD Maroons outside a packed Optus Stadium, fans were quick to point out Fittler’s midweek move and believe they had stumbled upon a league plot of rugby.
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The Blues lost the series opener with Fittler indicating his team lost it due to QLD’s dominance in the ruck.
Freddy, however, couldn’t help but hint that referee Ashley Klein had played a part in his reluctance to issue penalties.
The Blues man in charge has suggested he will speak to refereeing boss Jared Maxwell to seek clarification on the disputed decisions following the Game 1 loss.
Fans watching Game 2 couldn’t help but point out that the chat seemed to have worked, with Klein not shy about whistling, even sending Felise Kaufusi to the trash for a ruck infraction just before the end of the game. the first half.
“Ashleigh (sic) Klein has had a great game for New South Wales so far,” tweeted AAP’s Ed Jackson.
Even in the comments box, Phil Gould and Paul Vautin were taken aback by some of the calls.
“I hate sins at the best of times, let alone in an Origin, I don’t think there’s ever been a warning here,” said former NSW Origin manager Gould.
“He just had four or five in the space of a minute and then got fed up and sent him away. They will justify it. But I don’t think it should have come to that.
“All those six backs he gave to get them into Sin Bin territory, you need a magnifying glass to figure out exactly what was wrong or why he should be penalized.
“The fact that there are six replays that aren’t penalty kicks means they give them away like smarties. You don’t need them. That’s original football.
Vautin was more direct.
“There were five in a role, it’s a gee up,” he said. “No one knows what they are for. No one here knows. No one at home knows. We don’t know and we are so-called experts.
NSW bounced back in Game 2, heading into the sheds at half-time with a slim 14-12 lead in a bruising encounter.
Nathan Cleary was key in the closing stages, spotting Jarome Luia on the weak point and sucking up the Maroons defense before a long pass to Daniel Tupou on the wing. The Roosters star walked around unscathed.