Rookie’s ‘totally unnecessary’ brain explosion

Queensland have been left to lament an undisciplined play from State of Origin debutant Kyle Feldt which indirectly led to the Blues’ opening try of Origin I.

With NSW holding a 2-0 lead in the 17th minute, a grubber kick from James Tedesco towards the right corner bounced out of play, but the Blues were awarded a penalty and another six tackles due to Feldt taking out a rampaging Josh Addo-Carr.

Replays showed that Queensland fullback Valentine Holmes would have comfortably got to the ball before Addo-Carr, had the NSW flyer not been blocked by Feldt.

Following the restart, NSW again went down the right side, with a cut-out pass from Nathan Cleary finding Tom Trbojevic for the opening try of the match, leaving Origin greats Peter Sterling and Billy Slater questioning Feldt’s head-scratching play.

“That’s a bad error from the Maroons’ defence, he was never going to get there, Josh Addo-Carr,” Sterling said on Nine’s coverage. “Totally unnecessary.”

“You just can’t afford to give away a penalty like that. We knew that discipline was going to be so important in this game tonight on so many different fronts.

“Kyle Feldt just couldn’t help himself, he just turned and dropped the shoulder into Josh Addo-Carr and the Blues took advantage of the invitation.”

“He had no faith in Valentine Holmes at the back, he had this covered and the ball was going dead,” Slater added.

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