High stakes: Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley share a joke. Photo: Ben RushtonAs the Queensland and NSW camps traded insults over perceived illegal tactics, coaches Mal Meninga and Laurie Daley met with referees’ boss Daniel Anderson seeking clarification on several rulings stemming from a heated Origin I.
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Of concern for both teams was the positioning of markers, the 10 metres and the punishment of foul play. Anderson reinforced a hardline stance against any foul play; there’s an automatic sin-binning for anyone who throws a punch at Suncorp Stadium after Paul Gallen stayed on the field despite punching Nate Myles in game one.

”There’s obviously going to be a lot of scrutiny on any incidents of foul play,” Anderson said. ”This is not a new rule but, as a refereeing body, we need to be more stringent and not just in Origin but all fixtures. I heard Gorden Tallis speak and he said that he expected to go to the sin bin if he punched someone and, if he didn’t, it was a bonus. The rules haven’t changed.”

Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein will again officiate after Anderson said the pair were solid in game one. The meetings between Anderson and the coaches will please Maroons captain Cameron Smith, who had challenged the referees to be more consistent.

”Both coaches have alluded to the 10 metres and the markers,” Anderson said. ”I’m not sure if it’s a bit of theatre but there’s no pressure on the referees to conform to what’s been said in the papers. I’ve spoken to both coaches. They had questions and I said we have to be more compliant about markers, they were a little loose at times. We also spoke about ensuring the referees have to have a consistent 10 metres. They weren’t complaining. They knew their teams were guilty and innocent in misdemeanours.”

NSW won the penalty count 7-4 in game one but Daley said the Blues had won just one penalty count in Brisbane in the past eight years. Neither coach spoke with Anderson in the lead-up to the opening game. Anderson said his referees knew where they needed to improve.

”There wasn’t a big discussion,” Anderson said. ”I didn’t have to say too much. We knew from the adjudications in the first game that things were always going to crop up.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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