Daly Cherry-Evans has been caught on camera delivering some choice words to Queensland teammate Tino Fa'asuamaleaui after State of Origin II.
Fa'asuamaleaui and NSW rival Payne Haas were both sin-binned late in the game after an ugly melee erupted.
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With Queensland already without playmaker Cameron Munster after he failed a concussion test, Cherry-Evans clearly wasn’t happy about going another man down.
Channel Nine cameras picked up the Queensland captain giving Fa'asuamaleaui a dressing down in the changerooms after the game.
“What about this from the Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans,” Channel Nine’s James Bracey said of the vision.
“The skipper is not happy, giving his youngster a dressing down.”
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) November 11, 2020
Wayne Bennett blames media for Origin brawl
Queensland coach Wayne Bennett later blamed the media for igniting the fisticuffs that threatened to send State of Origin back to the 1980s.
The dismissals of Haas and Fa'asuamaleaui came hours after a newspaper story recalled how Haas and Fa'asuamaleaui clashed and sledged each other during an under-18s Origin game three years ago.
Fa’asuamaleaui’s manager even claimed his charge “sat Haas on his arse”, prompting Bennett to take exception in the bitter aftermath to the Maroons' 34-10 mauling at the hands of the rampant Blues.
“I just saw the headline he and Payne going for each other,” Bennett said.
“They are young men - 20 years of age. Headlines throw fuel on the fire. I knew deep down there was going to be a blue between the pair of them.
“(If) that's not a headline today, I don't believe it happens.
“They would've read the paper. It stirs the emotion. They have to be responsible for their actions, I accept that. It didn't come out of nowhere. It was already brewing from this morning.”
Bennett was asked if he spoke with Fa'asuamaleaui before the game about his fears of a “blue”.
“No. I hoped it would blow over,” he said.
Haas was quick to play down the fight.
“I couldn't even get punches away,” he told Channel Nine.
“Heaps of boys were holding me back. It was heat of the moment. Tino and I are good mates.
“I just saw red. My grandmother and my mum are probably going to get up me after all this.”
Haas and Fa'asuamaleaui face an anxious wait to learn if they will be charged by the NRL match review committee on Thursday, which would place the pair in doubt for next week's series decider in Brisbane.
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