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The Channel 9 conspiracy that spoiled State of Origin: How biased footy commentators infuriated fans with their one-sided calling of the game

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 6/06/2018 Ben Hill

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Fans are outraged at apparent blatant refereeing mistakes which were ignored by the commentary team during game one of State of Origin.

New South Wales scored the first win of the series with a 22-12 victory over Queensland at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Rugby league supporters watching the game on Channel Nine have spoken out about how the commentary team ignored mistakes which proved to be beneficial to NSW - including the lead-up to the match-sealing try.

A clear forward pass from James Maloney was scooped up by Josh Addo-Carr, and he scored in the corner to give NSW a comfortable lead.

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a rugby player with a football ball: 'Blatant forward pass': Viewers felt ripped off after commentators refused to even mention the apparent forward pass that led to Josh Addo Carr's game-winning try (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Blatant forward pass': Viewers felt ripped off after commentators refused to even mention the apparent forward pass that led to Josh Addo Carr's game-winning try (pictured) Despite the pass clearly travelling forward as indicated by line markings on the field, it was totally ignored by the Channel Nine commentary team, led by legendary caller Ray Warren.

Replays of the pass show it travelled more than three metres forward before being caught by Addo-Carr.

The pass wasn't mentioned until well after the game had finished, when Paul Gallen said it had been unnoticed.

'Jimmy Maloney once again threw a pass that might have been forward. We will let that one go,' Gallen - a former NSW captain - said during a panel discussion after the final whistle.

Origin viewers took to Twitter to share their disappointment with the referees missing the forward pass.

Ricky Gervais et al. posing for the camera: The pass wasn't mentioned until well after the game had finished, when Paul Gallen (second from left) said it had been unnoticed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The pass wasn't mentioned until well after the game had finished, when Paul Gallen (second from left) said it had been unnoticed Radio host Ben Fordham questioned Maloney's pass before reminding himself to enjoy the NSW win.

'Love a Blues try but if you pass a ball before a line and it's caught in front of that same line isn't that a forward pass?' he posted. 

'Losing is a part of sport. But to have a blatant forward pass basically ignored (by the refs and [Channel Nine] is just crap,' another State of Origin watcher said.

'Two referees are there and both miss it. Shocking,' another posted.

Another missed call that upset viewers involved Queensland winger Dane Gagai and NSW forward Angus Crichton.

a group of football players on a field: Another missed call that upset viewers involved Queensland winger Dane Gagai (pictured) and NSW forward Angus Crichton, which marked a momentum swing during the game © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Another missed call that upset viewers involved Queensland winger Dane Gagai (pictured) and NSW forward Angus Crichton, which marked a momentum swing during the game It appeared Gagai had the ball stripped in a two-man tackle - an act which is supposed to be penalised - but it was instead ruled a knock on.

Queensland legend Cameron Smith said the moment was a 'turning point' in the game.

'NSW really only came back off a call where Dane Gagai dropped the ball. That call seemed to be the turning point right there,' he said.

'NSW went bang, bang with two tries and really never looked back.' 


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