Queensland left 'fuming' over NSW acts in State of Origin II

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Pictured left to right, NSW stars Stephen Crichton and Nathan Cleary involved in controversial tackles in Origin II.
NSW stars Stephen Crichton (L) and Nathan Cleary were both cleared after questionable moments in Origin II. Pic: Twitter

Queensland fans have been given added incentive to vent their disdain for New South Wales after two Blues players were cleared to play in the State of Origin decider, despite questionable moments in Game II.

The Courier Mail claims the Maroons will take a "burning sense of injustice" into Game III at Suncorp Stadium after NSW stars Stephen Crichton and Nathan Cleary were cleared of dangerous contact, in the wake of Sunday night's 44-12 victory in Perth.

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Crichton was at the centre of an incident involving Cameron Munster, that saw the Maroons five-eighth play through the majority of the second half with a busted shoulder.

The NSW centre joined in a tackle to stop the Maroons playmaker, with replays showing him appear to lead with his shoulder and fail to wrap his arms around Munster in the tackle.

The Match Review Committee (MRC) has since cleared Crichton over what many viewers argued constituted a shoulder charge, with MRC commissioner Luke Patten defending the decision on Monday.

“When Stephen Crichton joins the tackle he appears to be trying to wrap, but his space is taken by another defender,” Patten told NewsCorp.

“His actions were not careless.”

Munster was seen in a sling with ice on his shoulder after the match and admitted that he played through the pain for most of the second half.

“I pulled up a little bit sore 45 minutes into the game,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“I got a shoulder from (Stephen) Crichton about five minutes into the second half. I tried my best but wasn’t good enough.”

The Storm playmaker is expected to miss his side's clash with Manly at 4 Pines Park on Thursday night, amid fears he has suffered an AC joint injury that could sideline the star for two to four weeks.

Nathan Cleary and Stephen Crichton escape suspension

Like his Penrith teammate Crichton, Blues halfback Cleary was also cleared by the MRC for a tackle on Maroons fullback Kalyn Ponga late in the game.

Cleary raced out of the NSW defensive line to put a big shot on Ponga, with replays suggesting that his shoulder made contact with the head of the Maroons fullback.

Moments later, Ponga was taken from the field for a head injury assessment, with Cleary put on report but not charged over the incident.

MRC commissioner Patten explained that the Clearly tackle was not careless and did not warrant a charge.

“He is undertaking a wrapping action with his arm and at no stage is rising into the tackle,” Patten said.

Ponga has been ruled out of Newcastle's clash with the Titans on Friday night, with Maroons coach Billy Slater admitting that caution needs to be taken given Ponga's history with head knocks.

“He’s obviously copped a bit of a shot there to the head when he was hitting the ground,” Slater said.

“He staggered on the field so he came straight off, we made sure he came straight off and made sure he was OK.

“He obviously missed out on the [Penrith] game too with a head knock. We’ve got to make sure he’s OK."

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