Queensland centre Will Chambers has been slammed by fans on social media after appearing to slap NSW rookie Daniel Saifiti.
Saifiti took a ball from James Maloney early in Origin II on Sunday night which was ruled a forward pass.
As the Blues debutant turned to walk back to his line, Chambers gave Saifiti a whack to the back of the head, which went unnoticed by the referees.
But what escaped the ire of the official didn’t not go unseen by fans at home - many of whom turned to social media to call out the Maroons star.
Classic Chambers with the cheap cowardly slap to Saifiti’s head. What a grub #origin— Christopher Owen (@oysta) June 23, 2019
Will Chambers should be suspended for slashing someone in the head. #Origin— mj83ck (@mj83ck) June 23, 2019
Will Chambers is pretty cocky when Latrell isn’t on the same field. #Origin— Lauren (@ohmyloz) June 23, 2019
Chambers at centre of more controversy
Chambers was also the beneficiary of a contentious penalty try.
NSW centre Jack Wighton was adjudged to have taken out his opposite number as he was running through to collect a grubber, stopping him from scoring a try.
The Bunker ruled that Chambers would have scored if not for Wighton’s foul play.
However the decision sparked controversy in the commentary box, with Queensland great Paul Vautin unsure it was the right call.
“Doesn’t the rule say you have to be 100% over,” Vautin said.
“Is it a guarantee?”
NSW legend Andrew Johns believed it was the right call.
“That is the way that they are ruling the game this year,” he said.
“If they have to be consistent, it has to be a penalty try.”
In the end it didn’t matter as NSW thrashed Queensland 38-6 to force a decider.