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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The crucial late error that cost Maroons


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The cold-hard realities of the world take shape for Kevin Walters and the Maroons the morning after a heartbreaking last minute loss to the Blues.

And while Walters and the Maroons camp could walk away from the decider knowing everybody did all they could to win the match, one key moment has been underlined as possibly the critical error that may have cost Queensland a chance of taking the match late in the decider.

State of Origin Press Conference: Kevin Walters - Game III

Defence was Queensland's Achilles heel all night, with edge defenders Will Chambers and Moses MBye struggling to shut down James Tedesco. Chambers had a game high eight missed tackles, one of which led to Tedesco’s first try.

But doubt over MBye's lack of experience at playing in the centres leading into the match seemed to be justified, with the Tigers' star caught out on the final play defensively letting Tom Trbojevic get around him, and then missing Tedesco on the final pass as he rotated and turned right for the corner to ice the game.

That defensive miss was crucial and match defining but an earlier play may end up haunting MBye even more.

The make-shift centre was in possession when he tried to flop for a penalty with the Maroons were in field goal range, moments after Josh Papalli had evened the scores at 20-20. The tackle from Cameron Murray was messy and the call could have gone either way.

State of Origin Press Conference: Brad Fittler - Game III

MBye struggled for a penalty instead of prioritising a quick play-the-ball to give Daly Cherry-Evans every chance of getting a clean shot off. In the end, DCE had to bomb it because the rushing Blues defence pressured him enough to change his mind.

Whichever way you want to slice it, communication broke down for the Maroons and MBye played like he didn't know a field goal was coming the next play, which could also be the fault of Cherry-Evans. Although MBye might have been sucked in to thinking the whistle-happy referees might have ruled in his favour because he had all the momentum after supporting Ben Hunt with a nice 20m burst up field.

“It’s a slow play-the-ball,” Phil Gould said during the broadcast. “He’s just lost all his momentum.”

McGuire dubbed 'human grub' for sledge

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Walter admitted he was surprised by MBye trying to milk a penalty at such a crucial juncture of the match, especially after making huge yardage on the play.

“He (Cherry-Evans) was set to do it (kick the goal) because I could see his body language,” Walters said.

“But then we got the slow play-the-ball for some reason, and there was no penalty given. I haven’t watched it too much, but he just ran out of time. When you do go for a field goal at that stage and you miss, you give them seven tackles and a chance to go up the other end.

“I’m not going to be critical of anyone tonight.”

The cold-hard realities of the world take shape for Kevin Walters and the Maroons the morning after a heartbreaking last minute loss to the Blues.

And while Walters and the Maroons camp could walk away from the decider knowing everybody did all they could to win the match, one key moment has been underlined as possibly the critical error that may have cost Queensland a chance of taking the match late in the decider.

State of Origin Press Conference: Kevin Walters - Game III

Defence was Queensland's Achilles heel all night, with edge defenders Will Chambers and Moses MBye struggling to shut down James Tedesco. Chambers had a game high eight missed tackles, one of which led to Tedesco’s first try.

But doubt over MBye's lack of experience at playing in the centres leading into the match seemed to be justified, with the Tigers' star caught out on the final play defensively letting Tom Trbojevic get around him, and then missing Tedesco on the final pass as he rotated and turned right for the corner to ice the game.

That defensive miss was crucial and match defining but an earlier play may end up haunting MBye even more.

The make-shift centre was in possession when he tried to flop for a penalty with the Maroons were in field goal range, moments after Josh Papalli had evened the scores at 20-20. The tackle from Cameron Murray was messy and the call could have gone either way.

State of Origin Press Conference: Brad Fittler - Game III

MBye struggled for a penalty instead of prioritising a quick play-the-ball to give Daly Cherry-Evans every chance of getting a clean shot off. In the end, DCE had to bomb it because the rushing Blues defence pressured him enough to change his mind.

Whichever way you want to slice it, communication broke down for the Maroons and MBye played like he didn't know a field goal was coming the next play, which could also be the fault of Cherry-Evans. Although MBye might have been sucked in to thinking the whistle-happy referees might have ruled in his favour because he had all the momentum after supporting Ben Hunt with a nice 20m burst up field.

“It’s a slow play-the-ball,” Phil Gould said during the broadcast. “He’s just lost all his momentum.”

McGuire dubbed 'human grub' for sledge

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Walter admitted he was surprised by MBye trying to milk a penalty at such a crucial juncture of the match, especially after making huge yardage on the play.

“He (Cherry-Evans) was set to do it (kick the goal) because I could see his body language,” Walters said.

“But then we got the slow play-the-ball for some reason, and there was no penalty given. I haven’t watched it too much, but he just ran out of time. When you do go for a field goal at that stage and you miss, you give them seven tackles and a chance to go up the other end.

“I’m not going to be critical of anyone tonight.”

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