Price would have led players off in Origin
Blues legend Ray Price says he would have walked the NSW Origin team off Etihad Stadium in protest at Greg Inglis’ controversial try if he’d been the captain.
NSW skipper Paul Gallen vented his anger to the match officials after video referee Sean Hampstead flashed the green light for Inglis’ crucial try.
“Mate, this is out of control. This is ridiculous where this is getting,” fumed Gallen.
Not since referee Mick Stone correctly awarded a try to NSW centre Mark McGaw at Lang Park in the opening game of the 1987 series has a try generated so much anger or debate.
And dual international Price was adamant Hampstead got it wrong with his ruling after NSW hooker Robbie Farah’s leg had dislodged the ball from a falling Inglis’ grasp.
“If I had been Paul Gallen last night I would have walked the players off the field after that decision,” Price told AAP on Thursday.
“It’s been done before, captains have taken their players off the field.
“I can’t for the life of me see how they got a try out of that when he (Inglis) fumbled the ball.
“It hit his forearm and he’s fumbled the ball. That’s a knock on, how on earth do you give a try for that?”
But Price also said NSW had to become a lot more creative if they wanted to beat Queensland.
“In Origin you have have to bring all your surprises and use them, NSW don’t.
“It’s boring football when you keep watching second man, second man.
“For Christ’s sake, be inventive, try something different.”
Price said rookie No.6 Todd Carney had been a failure but admitted it would be difficult for coach Ricky Stuart to make changes for game two in Sydney on June 13.
“At Origin you need everyone to fire at the same time and again they didn’t,” said Price.
“We went into the game with a halves combination they thought would win the game but I don’t think they did much at all.
“I know Carney is a brilliant player when he wants to be and he can win you a game but he showed last night he can also lose you a game too.
“His goal kicking was crap and he didn’t get them firing and that’s got to come down to pressure.”
Price would like to see Brisbane’s Peter Wallace recalled in the halves but didn’t think selectors would over-react to the loss.
“You’ve got to give them all a kick in the arse and let them know their heads are on the block if they don’t win in Sydney,” he said.© AAP 2013
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