State of Origin 2016: Refs best on ground for NSW

QUEENSLAND State of Origin fans have plenty to fume about this morning after one of the most one-side examples of refereeing seen in the game's history.

The final penalty count to NSW was a staggering 12-3.

Despite that and the sin-binning of Cooper Cronk, NSW only managed to pluck a victory in the dying moments of the game 18-14.

With the amount of ball and luck that went NSW's way on Wednesday night, the Blues' scoreline should have been double what it was.

Queensland showed incredible courage in defence.

It's what makes the Maroons the side they are.

They had to complete 71 more tackles than NSW, most of them in the opposition's 20 metres.

Even the Daily Telegraph reported that some of the referees decisions "defied belief".

What did you think of the penalty count?

This poll ended on 15 July 2016.

Current Results

Shocking. Worst umpiring I've seen


Wasn't that bad


I loved it. At least NSW won a game


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"Surely that should come under as much scrutiny as the overall performance from NSW this series,'' one report noted.

"You can't send a player to the sin bin in an Origin for what Cooper Cronk did.

"You can't penalise a player for the shot Greg Inglis put on Josh Dugan, not in an Origin.

"You can't hand out 12 penalties to one team and only three to the opposition and expect the game to be viewed as a fair contest.

"You can't award a try like the one that was awarded to Andrew Fifita when Michael Jennings was clearly offside.

"You just can't."

When Cooper Cronk was sent to the sin bin for holding Wade Graham back, even Blues halfback great Andrew Johns called it out.

"This is State of Origin, not a club game.

"You can't bin a bloke for that. Not at this level.

"That's a ridiculous decision."

The reaction on social media was pretty understandable.

Cameron Smith was gracious in defeat, praising the efforts of the other side, even if the NSW Blues players turned their backs.

In the end it didn't matter. 

Queensland has the shield. Again.

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