Enraged reaction to ‘overzealous’ referee

The opening half of tonight’s Game Three was met with fiery backlash from experts after 15 six-again calls marred a tense opening 40 minutes.

Game Three of the Origin series saw a much tighter contest than in the previous two clashes, with the Maroons finding their feet to lead by two points at half-time.

But with 15 six-again calls – five more than the 10 called for the entirety of Game Two – Nine’s commentary team joined restless fans in condemning the officiating.

Speaking on the half-time show former Blues coach Phil Gould said the referee was “way too overzealous” during the opening period.

“The only other point I will make is someone needs to go down and knock on the referees’ door and tell him he’s not the main attraction here this evening,” Gould said.

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“He’s been way too overzealous with his penalties. Let the players decide the result.”

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns was also asking questions in the commentary box.

“Another six to go. Well, that’s 15 in 37 minutes,” Johns said late in the first half. “Can we let the players decide who wins the game?”

Blues skipper James Tedesco was also asked about Sutton’s officiating, in his half-time interview, after he went to the referee for what was described as a long chat.

“I was just asking about discipline. We obviously got penalised a lot on our goal line but the positive was we held them out,” Tedesco explained.

“They had a lot of sets on our line and our [defence] was really good so that’s a good positive.”

NRL pundits and former players joined fans in sending Twitter into meltdown with furious commentary about the officiating.

The negative reaction was led by former Blues star Willie Mason who urged the referee to let the game flow.

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