Angry fans have taken to social media in droves to slam the awarding of Josh Addo-Carr’s try that sealed the 22-12 win for NSW against Queensland in Origin game one.
The Blues were up 18-12 with a little over ten minutes remaining in the series opener at the MCG when James Maloney floated a long cut-out pass to the flying winger.
Maloney passed the ball outside the Maroons 20 metre line but when Addo-Carr caught it he was one metre on the other side of the same line.
The referees clearly decided that the motion of Maloney’s pass was backwards when he fired it, but the ball travelled forwards in the air.
By that reasoning it was a legitimate try, but supporters were quick to condemn the officials afterwards.
Not convinced this ref knows what a forward pass is. #origin
— Nathan Alexander (@n_alexander94) June 6, 2018
Nice forward pass but nah it was just “floating” a good two metres #origin
— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) June 6, 2018
Love how the most obvious forward pass in history doesnt rate a mention by the commentary box #origin
— Hans, Boobie (@TheMurfDawg) June 6, 2018
Despite being on the wrong end of the incident, Maroons coach Kevin Walters was happy with the performance from the whistle blowers.
“I thought they were good, I thought they were really good,” Queensland coach Kevin Walters said of the officials.
“We thought there might have been a few more penalties, but 4-1, that’s the way it goes at Origin.
“We’ve probably good to look at ourselves there and get better for Origin II.”
Curiously, the NRL’s referees had their quietest game all year in the series opener at the MCG.
Just a combined five penalties were blown across the Blues’ 22-12 win – with none coming in the final 53 minutes – 12 less than the season average of 17.
NSW weren’t penalised for the final 76 minutes of the match. James Maloney was the sole offender after being pinged for offside in just the fourth minute.
It meant plenty of ball in play and a real battle of attrition, with the only stoppages at the MCG in the second half coming for tries, bunker calls and the odd error.
Realistically, there weren’t a lot of controversial moments for the referees to rule on in the series opener.
Dane Gagai fumed after he was ruled to have dropped the ball in an Angus Crichton tackle in the 46th minute when it appeared the error may have been assisted by a Blues hand.
Queensland led 12-8 at the time, but by their next play-the-ball trailed 18-12.
“Those little calls go your way and go against you,” Walters said.
“On this occasion it could’ve gone either way, It went NSW’s way and then we just weren’t quite good enough to defend that set.”
Blues coach Brad Fittler was far more forthright in his views
“He dropped the ball. He should have been better,” he said.
“I don’t think there were many things the referees had to rule on.
“There was the Gagai one and the Maloney forward pass was a 50-50 call against us and they scored just after that.
“Outside that I think it was pretty clear-cut. There wasn’t many questionable decisions. They did a good job.”