The Queensland Maroons couldn’t have obtained off to a worse begin within the State of Origin collection.
A 50-6 shellacking by the hands of the NSW Blues was one factor, however for such a crushing defeat to occur on their dwelling turf solely added salt to the heavily-gaping wound for Paul Green’s outfit.
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Now, it appears that the Maroons have been defeated by a group who have been carrying what appeared just like the jerseys of a junior footy group.
In somewhat groundbreaking information, the Blues have been in actual fact not carrying junior footy jerseys.
Instead, they have been rocking their new Puma package.
But to many followers, it appeared the gear supervisor for the aspect may have obtained the sizes only a tad unsuitable.
Of course, social media was fast to level out the supposed jersey mishaps.
Sports presenter Melinda Farrell tweeted: “I want to just enjoy this Blues win but I keep being overwhelmed by a compulsion to yank their shirts down. Did someone leave them in the dryer too long?”
Nine News Brisbane reporter Andrew Lofthouse commented: “Is it compulsory for #NSW to wear the under 8s jerseys this year?”
Highlanders rugby participant Elliot Wikaira Dixon obtained in on the motion, tweeting: “Anyone else think that NSW origin kit man might of left the jerseys in the dryer way too long?”
Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb added: “They’re like toddlers growing out of shirts”
While it would have been a subject of dialogue on social media, it undoubtedly had no affect on the efficiency of Brad Fittler’s aspect.
“Turbo” Tom Trbojevic bagged himself a tidy hat-trick, alongside with Latrell Mitchell and debutant Brian To’o crossing the chalk twice. Daniel Saifiti rounded out the tryscoring quartet for the Blues.
Despite the Maroons being solely 14 factors down at half time, the Blues ran in 30 unanswered factors that had Queensland heads scratching.
But based on Cameron Smith, Green’s group went into battle with many wounded troopers.
The former Queensland captain revealed too many gamers have been unable to coach correctly throughout camp, with quite a few them coming off prolonged spells on the sideline.
“There’s going to be some big calls made to get the correct line-up to match the Blues in Game 2,” he informed Andrew Voss on 1170 SEN radio.
“I think what needs to happen, and I’m very hopeful of this, is that for Game 2 we need to pick players that are fit, that aren’t carrying injuries into the match and they need to have a solid preparation.
“For Game 1 — and this is no excuse at all — but for Game 1 they had players that couldn’t take the field for training sessions early in the camp. They missed two or three training sessions early and could only take part in those team sessions late in the camp.
“They just can’t afford that for Game 2. They need to have 17 fit players to have a really solid preparation leading into that game.”
The Maroons will look to get the collection again on monitor in Game II at Suncorp Stadium on June 27.