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Gould pinpoints the moment NSW lost Game I

10 Jun 22, 10:44AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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On Wednesday night the Queensland Maroons shocked many when they beat reigning State of Origin champions New South Wales in Sydney 16-10.

Queensland now has the advantage heading into game two later this month in Perth before game three takes place in Brisbane in early July.

Despite the closely contested match New South Wales are now under immense pressure and have copped plenty of criticism for their performance with some even suggesting coach Brad Fittler is now fit for the role even though he has three series wins under his belt including last year.

Today across the country people are giving their take on the game and what went wrong for the Blues with former New South Wales head coach Phil “Gus” Gould highlighting one moment in particular on his podcast Six Tackles with Gus.

“The one that we [New South Wales] didn’t account for was the try off the scrum base, with Daly Cherry-Evans strolling through a huge gap,” said Gould.

“That was the difference between the two teams.

“I said (there would be) two tries each, it would come down to goal kicking and a field goal… I wasn’t accounting for a try like that off the scrum base.

“It’s just a complete lack of concentration. Sometimes it comes after you turn over possession, or you concede a scrum.

“That’s not a planned move (by Queensland).

“Daly Cherry-Evans got the shock of his life, he went through untouched.

“Players didn’t break from a scrum, there was miscommunication on an edge.

“It was a non-Origin moment. It was a lack of concentration at a vital time.”

Others are seeing Cherry-Evans try in the 49th minute a little differently though with many New South Wales supporters livid that the try was awarded due to a belief that Blues prop Junior Paulo was held back in the scrum.

Brad Fittler shared his thoughts on the incident and others that occurred during the game in his post-match press conference.

“We should have done a better job,” said Fittler.

“We should have held them down longer.

“It will be interesting, the (referees) reports.

“I thought the Junior Paulo one, getting held in the scrum, as well.

“It will be interesting to speak to (referees boss) Jared about the (Ponga) ball going forward and the Junior Paulo one, as well.”

Fittler now has a little over two weeks to regroup and get New South Wales ready for a do or die game two on the 26th of June.

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