Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

We Need Some Strong Refs for Origin Game II

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

We Need Some Strong Refs for Origin Game II

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LEAGUE OF

THEIR OWN

TONY DURKIN

TIM Mander told a Men of League luncheon on Tuesday that when he was a young referee back in 1991 and Wally Lewis was in his last year as a player, the King intimidated him.

And when asked whether he thought having two rookie referees in charge of Origin I was a wise move, Mander said he saw no issue. In fact the 292-NRL game referee welcomed the Cyfreshness' of two young blokes being in charge of the showpiece of our game.

Well, if Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins are appointed to game two in Sydney on June 13, we will see whether they have been intimated by the nuclear-like fallout from Wednesday's Origin opener. Admittedly the Blues received the rough end of the pineapple, but the whingeing and excuse making from south of the border has been spoilt-child like.

Apart from the controversial Greg Inglis try and the sin-binning of Michael Jennings, other major whines included Co the better team lost; Greg Bird should not have been pinged for his lifting tackle; Queensland's markers were rarely square; Queensland constantly encroached the 10 metres; the referees were bullied by Cameron Smith.

Impartiality is difficult at Origin time. The interstate series is built around passion and pride and it is impossible for those closely involved to hide their disappointment, or exhilaration.

But, in the wash up, Queensland won because it did exactly what it has done since Mal Meninga took over as coach seven years ago Co remained patient, kept mistakes to a minimum and defended courageously.

Ricky Stuart has done a herculean job to lift the Blues to the standard they produced on Wednesday night, and skipper Paul Gallen produced another superhuman effort. But this is an exceptional Queensland team Co arguably the best ever.

Players in mediocre form coming in to the game Co Darius Boyd, Ash Harrison and David Shillington Co lifted another gear. …

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