Cameron Smith cops it from fans over 'embarrassing' Origin act

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Maroons legend Cameron Smith (pictured left) during State of Origin commentary and (pictured right) Ben Hunt scoring a runaway try.
Maroons legend Cameron Smith (pictured left) was accused of being too biased during commentary during the moment Ben Hunt (pictured right) scored a runaway try in State of Origin. (Images: Channel Nine)

Queensland fans were left thrilled after regaining the State of Origin shield in a spectacular Game III performance on Wednesday night, however some were left divided over Cameron Smith's final moments in commentary.

With Queensland leading 16-12 in the 78th minute, the Blues had one last roll of the dice at a miraculous comeback victory.

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NSW halfback Nathan Cleary was thrown the ball and attempted to surprise the rushing defence with a chip and chase.

But the tactic backfired after Ben Hunt caught the ball and ran 70 metres to cement a historic victory for new coach Billy Slater and the Maroons.

Viewers watching from home were left divided after Maroons legend and assistant coach Smith yelled 'Go, go, go' over the top of commentator Matthew Thompson as Hunt surged towards the try line.

The try meant Queensland defeated the Blues 22-12 in Game III in front of 52,000 vociferous Maroons supporters.

Smith was clearly thrilled to see the Maroons claim a breathtaking victory in front of a raucous Suncorp crowd in what will go down as one of the best State of Origin matches ever.

But for many fans - the majority of them disappointed Blues supporters - Smith was a bit too biased.

Many Queenslanders enjoyed the passion coming from one of their greats and said it added to the historic moment.

While former players showing their allegiance to their state is by no means a rarity, the moment prompted the NRL world to question whether commentators needed to remain unbiased during the game.

This is not the first time Smith has been called out during this series.

In the series opener in Sydney, Smith could be heard cheering on the Queenslanders on multiple occasions throughout the match.

Smith's name was trending on Twitter throughout the match, with many viewers claiming he blurred the line between fan and commentator.

Cameron Smith, pictured here during State of Origin Game III at Suncorp Stadium.
Cameron Smith looks on during State of Origin Game III at Suncorp Stadium. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Andrew Johns in commentary controversy

Smith wasn't the only one being questioned over a commentary moment in Game III.

Speaking on Channel 9's post-match show, NSW legend Andrew Johns showed his visible disappointment with the result.

Standing alongside Queensland legends Smith and Paul Vautin, as well as host James Bracey, Johns was asked: “Where did that (fight) come from?”

Johns simply replied: “Well, everything is at stake. There's no tomorrow.”

Bracey replied: “It was a hard watch out there for you tonight wasn’t it?”

Johns said: “Yep. It means so much.”

But it were his comments after a question from Vautin about where it all went wrong for NSW that left fans and commentators gobsmacked.

“Why? Well, you won the big moments,” he said.

“Now we have to listen to all the bullshit from you (Queenslanders) in the next 12 months. It drives you mad.”

Smith was visibly stunned by the comment, which resulted in an awkward silence amongst the panel.

Johns' reaction drew widespread criticism, with 2GB radio host Jim Wilson among those to blast his outburst on social media.

“Wow, Joey Johns, what a bloody disgrace,” he wrote. “Sore loser! C’mon Joey, really?”

“Sure be upset, but that was just petulant. I love Joey’s analysis and passion but it was spoilt brat material.”

Cricket commentator Roger Oldridge wrote: "If you want to see a sore loser, Andrew Johns on ch9 post match is the No.1 seed. Hope they didn’t pay him for that ‘effort’."

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