'Punches thrown': State of Origin erupts with old-fashioned biff

Chris Young
·3-min read
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Payne Haas scuffle during game two of the 2020 State of Origin series, resulting in both players being sent to the sin-bin. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Payne Haas scuffle during game two of the 2020 State of Origin series, resulting in both players being sent to the sin-bin. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Punches were thrown between the Blues’ Payne Haas and Queensland’s Tino Fa'asuamaleaui as the second half of Origin II took an ugly turn on Wednesday night.

Both players were sent to the sin bin after the fracas, which led to a rolling melee and Haas’ jersey being ripped as the Blues took control of game two.

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A shoving match broke out between the two sides, before tensions clearly escalated between Haas and Fa'asuamaleaui, with punches thrown between the pair.

Referee Gerard Sutton could be heard repeatedly warning Fa'asuamaleaui not to get involved in the fracas, as well as quickly determining that he and Haas would be sent to the sin-bin.

Both were given their marching orders in the 57th minute.

It was a rare sighting of aggression outside play, which drew a mixed reaction from fans.

Some were happy to see the return of the ‘biff’ in State of Origin.

Fury over ‘disgraceful’ State of Origin crowd display

The NSW crowd has been blasted for ‘disrespecting’ the Last Post in the Remembrance Day ceremony ahead of State of Origin Game II.

As the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons stood arm-in-arm on the field, all those in attendance were asked to observe a minute silence for the women and men who have served and died in the line of duty.

During the pause in the Last Post, played by Corporal John Byrne, members of the crowd began to make noise and cheer for their team.

Some fans may have been confused after the customary silence after the bugle plays.

This is despite both teams remaining unmoved still observing the minute silence.

The Last Post was completed after the moments silence.

But viewers took to social media to blast the fans in attendance that made noise during the ceremony.

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