NSW hooker Robbie Farah was unable to bite his tongue after a controversial call from the bunker denied the Blues big time in a gripping State of Origin series opener on Wednesday night in Sydney.
Farah thought he’d been able to get the Blues in front with 14 minutes remaining after putting centre Josh Morris over for what on-field referee Gerard Sutton deemed a try.
But after several replays, review official Bernard Sutton overturned the try as Queensland held on for a tense 6-4 win.
Farah said he couldn’t fathom how the bunker could come up with such a decision.
“The referee said ‘try’. It’s got to be 100 conclusive that’s it’s not,” Farah told ABC radio.
“We got some tough calls in the second half.”
The loss leaves NSW needing to win game two in Brisbane in three weeks to avoid a 10th series defeat in 11 years.
“We’ve got our work cut out going up to Suncorp in game two,” Farah said.
“In Origin, you’ve got to take your chances when you get them.
“We had our chances in the second half. We couldn’t crack them.
“Disappointed obviously to lose a game like that. We’ll come back in a week or two and we’ve got to be better.”