HIS face may be hard to miss at the State of Origin game two clash at Suncorp Stadium tonight, but Queensland coach Mal Meninga has slammed an attempt to target his prized forward Nate Myles.
In a cheeky promotion, a betting agency has provided a picture of Myles’s prominent forehead and asked NSW punters to print it out and wear it as a mask at Origin II.
In game one, NSW captain Paul Gallen infamously punched Myles in Queensland’s 14-6 loss in what he claimed was retaliation to the Maroons forward’s alleged dirty tactics, including leading with the head in tackles.
It sparked a war of words between both camps in the lead-up to a game Queensland must win to keep alive hopes of an eighth straight series win.
Meninga was dirty enough that Myles had come under the post-game one spotlight but was absolutely filthy over the betting agency’s “dread the head” campaign.
“Those things they are going to hold up, the big foreheads, I think that is disrespectful to be honest,” he said yesterday.
“He is a great bloke, a great player and a great Queenslander. He will play to the best of his ability tomorrow night.”
The NSW camp said Myles not only used knee twists in tackles and repeatedly used his head in tackles but branded Gallen a cheat before the NSW skipper retaliated with a flurry of punches.
But asked if Myles would be scrutinised by referees in game two, Meninga said: “Not really.
“I think he’s been unfairly picked on since game one.
“I think it has been disrespectful what has happened to him.”
Meninga said he had been proud of how Myles had carried himself in the game one fallout, refusing to bite back at NSW’s claims.Categories : 杭州龙凤