State of Origin Game 1: NSW Blues fans fume at controversial Daly Cherry-Evans try

Blues fans were in uproar after Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans dived over for a crucial, albeit controversial try in the second half.

The NSW Blues were left fuming after Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans scored a controversial try early in the second half of Wednesday evening’s State of Origin series opener in Sydney.

The Maroons were leading by just two points when the 33-year-old broke from the back of a scrum, running through the Blues defence with a bit of footwork completely untouched.

Blues forward Tariq Sims overcomitted in defence, unable to put a hand on Cherry-Evans who made him look foolish.

Stream the FOX LEAGUE State of Origin Game 1 REPLAY on Kayo with no ads during play. Both full and condensed replays available from 11PM AEST Wednesday. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.

“One of the softest tries you will see, they bamboozled the Blues,” Triple M commentator Dan Ginnane said.

But as Queensland celebrated the crucial try, NSW forward Junior Paulo protested with the referee, claiming he was held back in the scrum.

“Now the Blues are saying they got held into the scrum,” rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns said on Channel 9.

“Tariq Sims, he gets out and over-chases Cherry-Evans … just not working together defensively there the Blues.

“Tariq Sims just gets himself in a bad situation, invites Cherry-Evans to come back off his right foot.

“Now Junior Paulo, he is appealing that he was held in the scrum, he comes back from the front row, he is appealing he got held out.”

Boos echoed around Accor Stadium as replays were shown on the big screen, with several rugby league pundits agreeing there was an obstruction.

“If you have a look at the high-shot, he does for a little bit, there is a slight second where he gets held back,” Queensland legend Darren Lockyer said.

“Is it enough, I don’t know, but it is on the board.”

Johns continued: “I think the crowd has seen it on the big screen, that Junior Paulo got held back, the natives are restless.”

Queensland’s Valentine Holmes slotted to conversion kick to give the Maroons an eight-point lead, and the Blues never recovered.

“He’s held back, you can see it there,” former NSW representative Braith Anasta said on Fox League.

“He’s got his arms wrapped.

“They got that wrong, in my opinion. That’s the wrong call.”

Earlier in the first half, Paulo was denied a try due to an obstruction ruling from the Bunker.

The Maroons ultimately claimed a thrilling 16-10 victory, with the contest ending in dramatic scenes as the Blues peppered the opposition tryline in a nailbiting final five minutes.

“This is the response that we wanted and any player who played last year, we wanted the chance to come back and show that the jersey means something to us,” Cherry-Evans told Channel 9 after the triumph.

“The series is not won but it’s a good start.”

Queensland will have an opportunity to close out the series in Perth on Sunday, June 26 at Game II.

Read related topics:BrisbaneSydney

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *