Nate Myles didn’t get much of a chance to defend himself in origin I, but Queensland coach Mal Meninga has come to his aid before game two, lashing out at what he considers disrespectful treatment of his gun forward.

NSW captain Paul Gallen was the man throwing punches at ANZ Stadium in the series opener, but much of the build-up to Wednesday’s round two in Brisbane has focused on Myles and how he allegedly uses his head in tackles.

The Blues were reported to have lodged an official complaint with referees boss Daniel Anderson, highlighting their concerns about the way Myles uses his head in tackles.

One betting company has even created a cut-out Nate Myles mask, complete with enormous forehead. It may be in jest but Meninga has run out of laughs. He said Myles had done and said nothing to stir up any trouble since game one and there should be more respect shown for a player who had become the Maroons’ forward leader since the retirement of Petero Civoniceva.

”He’s been unfairly picked on over the last so many weeks … I think it’s been a little bit disrespectful,” Meninga said. ”Some of the things they’re going to hold up, with the big foreheads, I think that’s disrespectful … He’s a great bloke and a great player and a great Queenslander.”

Myles has hardly fanned the flames since his dust-up with Gallen. In fact, he even went as far as saying that the Cronulla player should not have been charged.

The ensuing storm has ensured anyone who resorts to fisticuffs in origin II will find themselves in the sin bin. That is fine with Meninga, who said his squad hadn’t even mentioned Gallen or potential square-ups this week. ”We don’t talk about it. We never talk about it. It’s media hype,” he said.

There will be two new faces in the Queensland side on Wednesday night – Josh Papalii and Daly Cherry-Evans. Meninga said both had added a spark to the group and wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the occasion .

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

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