A seething Daly Cherry-Evans has lamented his Queensland side’s inability to feed off a raucous crowd as the Maroons slumped to a record loss in the State of Origin opener.
NSW recorded their biggest ever win in Queensland in the 50-6 Origin I drubbing, scoring 50 points in a match for just the second time in Origin history, the only other coming in Origin III in the 2000 series.
Following his side’s Origin I humiliation, a visibly-upset Cherry-Evans spoke to Queensland icon Darren Lockyer on Nine’s coverage and detailed where it went wrong.
“That was a really disappointing effort,” he said.
“We had the luxury of a game coming up here to Queensland and we just didn’t entertain that at all, did we?
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“We just didn’t give them what we hoped we would give them. There’s two games left and we’ve got to shrug it off.”
Queensland started out the match in a 20-0 hole and got some momentum just before half-time when Kurt Capewell scored the Maroons’ only try of the match.
Cherry-Evans admitted that the team had hoped to build off the momentum from Capewell’s try, but failed to correct their errors in the second half.
“That hurts a fair bit. We just missed it, missed the jump,” he said.
“We had a good chat at half-time and then came back out and didn’t learn from our mistakes. We’ve got a lot of improvement left in us and the Blues were good.
“Just a bit of ruck control, I felt like we were really on the back foot. Not sure what it looked like, but we were just always trying to keep them down their end and they just continually got out of there.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, they’re a good side, but I think we can bounce back. We knew we were up against a good side tonight, but like I said, we’ve got a lot of improvement left in us.”
Cherry-Evans and the Maroons will hope to tie up the State of Origin series when they take to Suncorp Stadium for Origin Two on Sunday, June 27.