Daley unhappy with key decisions
New South Wales Blues coach Laurie Daley has launched a stinging assessment of officials Ben Cummins and Gerard Sutton following his side's tense 6-4 loss to the Queensland Maroons in the Holden State of Origin series opener.
Daley was blunt in his response when asked whether he thought his side had received the rub of the green on Wednesday night after the bunker overturned two key decisions late in the match.
"Put it this way, I'll be asking for those two referees not to be officiating in Game Two. There's your story," a clearly disappointed Blues mentor said after the game.
Daley appeared riled after the bunker intervened in the 66th minute to overturn a live decision of try to deny Blues centre Josh Morris a four-pointer that would have given his side the lead.
"I've got no idea," Daley said after the two-point loss when asked about the no-try ruling.
He offered a similar response when asked about the decision to overturn a live ruling of knock on by Justin O'Neill from the very next play.
The Blues had been awarded an attacking scrum from 10 metres out but the Maroons were instead given the opportunity to work it out off their own line.
Following a long pause, Daley said: "I don't know."
"I think there were plenty of big calls that happened."
Both teams received four penalties apiece, but the Blues have one win from four matches under the two officials, prompting Daley to suggest they shouldn't be in charge for the rest of the series "based on history and based on that game."
Blues skipper Paul Gallen refused to get caught up in the issue, deflecting his side's loss to their inexperience in key positions.
"I'll leave it to you guys and 'Loz' to talk about the refs," he said.
"I think Laurie summed it up at the start; we're a young side and we're going to get better as the series goes on. We had opportunities but Queensland are a pretty good side and they managed to hold us out.
"The mentality changes to a must-win game in Game Two. If we apply that effort again and just execute a bit better, we think we can level it."
Queensland coach Kevin Walters conceded his side had probably benefited from a few favourable calls, but said any team wanting to win Origin needed a bit of luck to go their way.
Unlike his coaching counterpart, Walters said he'd like to see the officials retain their roles in three weeks' time.
"We can get them back in. We'll take a bit out of Cameron's (Maroons skipper Cameron Smith) salary," he joked after coaching his side to victory in his first game in charge.
"Being honest, we did get some nice calls; I'll call them that, favourable calls. And you need that to win at this level. You can't do it by yourself; you do need a bit of assistance in different areas and have a bit of luck.
"That was the case for Queensland tonight and for our boys. There's the other side of the coin and you make your own luck, and they worked really hard, and NSW did too. All of those 50-50 calls certainly went Queensland's way."
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