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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Freddy filthy over Maroon's dodgy Origin act


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Blues coach Brad Fittler has slammed Ben Hunt's sneaky move in Origin I, where the Queensland hooker stole the boot of NSW captain Boyd Cordner during a tackle.

Hunt ripped off Cordner's left boot and threw it away. The Blues forward was unable to put it back on for more than five minutes, forcing him to run around with his foot unprotected.

Fittler revealed on the Sunday Footy Show that he had threatened NRL officials with reprisals after the incident.

"Laughing aside, there's got to be something done," he said.

"I'm going to teach my players and throw them. He (Cordner) played six minutes without a boot. Simple as that.

"I spoke to the referees boss and he sort of giggled. And I said, 'Well, I'm going to now coach my players to do it'. Then all of a sudden, he went, 'You know what, we need to do something about it'.

"There needs to be something written in, because you just can't have people slipping around on the field and you can't have people throwing boots off into the crowd. Simple as that."

Queensland great Billy Slater said the incident would have been seen in a far more serious light if it impacted the result.

"The boot throwing happens occasionally. I've seen James Maloney do this," Slater said.

"The fact that he went in there to get it, that was probably the most surprising thing. He's like, 'There's a boot there - I'll go and take that' and give it to someone in the crowd.

"I don't think he thought about it. If it came down to Boyd Cordner slipping over and the match was won because of that, we'd be talking about this in a different way."

Blues coach Brad Fittler has slammed Ben Hunt's sneaky move in Origin I, where the Queensland hooker stole the boot of NSW captain Boyd Cordner during a tackle.

Hunt ripped off Cordner's left boot and threw it away. The Blues forward was unable to put it back on for more than five minutes, forcing him to run around with his foot unprotected.

Fittler revealed on the Sunday Footy Show that he had threatened NRL officials with reprisals after the incident.

"Laughing aside, there's got to be something done," he said.

"I'm going to teach my players and throw them. He (Cordner) played six minutes without a boot. Simple as that.

"I spoke to the referees boss and he sort of giggled. And I said, 'Well, I'm going to now coach my players to do it'. Then all of a sudden, he went, 'You know what, we need to do something about it'.

"There needs to be something written in, because you just can't have people slipping around on the field and you can't have people throwing boots off into the crowd. Simple as that."

Queensland great Billy Slater said the incident would have been seen in a far more serious light if it impacted the result.

"The boot throwing happens occasionally. I've seen James Maloney do this," Slater said.

"The fact that he went in there to get it, that was probably the most surprising thing. He's like, 'There's a boot there - I'll go and take that' and give it to someone in the crowd.

"I don't think he thought about it. If it came down to Boyd Cordner slipping over and the match was won because of that, we'd be talking about this in a different way."

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