State of Origin 2013 Game 2 – Four players sinbinned after brawl

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    State of Origin Game 2 was reduced to 11 on 11 for ten minutes, after four players were sent off for brawling after a mêlée in the 52nd minute of the game.

    The brawl erupted after niggle crept into the game following an altercation between Mitchell Pearce and Billy Slater.

    Pearce appeared to be struck by a Billy Slater elbow following a hard tackle, which left Pearce’s face bleeding.

    Slater was placed on report, but just a few short tackles later, the Blues held on late in the tackle. Tackler Paul Gallen was pushed away aggressively by Brent Tate, and while Gallen turned to the referee to appeal in the background, Trent Merrin rushed in throwing punches at Tate.

    Greg Bird and Justin Hodges rushed in to join the brawl, before more players from both sides poured in, some looking to find square-ups, some to pull the offenders away.

    Referees Shayne Hayne and Ashley Klein were advised by the video referee, and sin-binned Maroons Brent Tate and Justin Hodges (for ‘coming in’ to a fight), while the Blues’ Trent Merrin (who threw a punch) and Greg Bird (who protested he didn’t throw a punch) were also binned for ten minutes.

    The controversial refereeing decisions generated strong reactions from the 51,690 fans at the ground, and on social media.

    Watch the incident, here.

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    • June 26th 2013 @ 10:31pm
      WQ said | June 26th 2013 @ 10:31pm | ! Report

      What an absolute farce. If ever QLD needed confirmation that they will always be on the back foot they got it tonight.
      Clearly the Refs and the NRL head honchos devised a plan for the first time a punch was thrown at Origin level. They refused to leave one side with a player less than the other so they devised a whole lot of BS and sent two off from each Team. What a joke!
      Twice now in this series NSW players have instigated a fight by king hitting QLD players and have not suffered at all. WTF?

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        June 26th 2013 @ 10:34pm
        Hoy said | June 26th 2013 @ 10:34pm | ! Report

        Twice NSW players have tried to cold cock a QLD player and done no damage! What gives?

        I can’t understand for the life of me how Tate got given 10 for getting punched in the face. Hodges, I can stomach, becaues he was third in, swinging. Can understand that. Bird, less so.

        • June 26th 2013 @ 10:48pm
          WQ said | June 26th 2013 @ 10:48pm | ! Report

          Unbelievable Hoy, how any Ref could send Tate off for effectively copping a punch in the face and not retaliating is quite simply ridiculous!
          I can understand Hodges and Bird going because they both came in and did let a couple go as well.
          As mentioned I firmly believe that they had a preconceived plan that they would do their utmost to send players off from both Teams if somebody let go with a punch?

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            June 26th 2013 @ 11:04pm
            Bazzio said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

            Tate overdid it a bit with the agro big push. It’s not like it was a do-or-die situation that warranted such force.

            • June 27th 2013 @ 1:14am
              TheSilentProgressor said | June 27th 2013 @ 1:14am | ! Report

              I think Merrin over did it by punching Tate. You see those sort of pushes every game. So what ehy aren’t exactly hurting anyone. Gallen looked like a whale lying all over the QLD player. If he simply got up and wasn’t trying to slow the ball down the push never would have eventuated. Merrin is to blame here. The punches never needed to be thrown over such a trivial matter.

              • June 27th 2013 @ 1:35am
                nrlking said | June 27th 2013 @ 1:35am | ! Report

                he was backing up his mate this is the game and always has been mr progressor move along please

              • June 27th 2013 @ 8:57am
                mushi said | June 27th 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

                What kind of weak coward are you that you feel sucker punching someone is backing up your mate. There was no fight, Gallen was in no danger, Tate was picking up the ball.

              • June 27th 2013 @ 1:27pm
                TriangleFlatDog said | June 27th 2013 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

                The only thing Merrin did wrong was that he didn’t hit Tate hard enough!

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          June 26th 2013 @ 11:05pm
          AdamS said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:05pm | ! Report

          Head butting.

      • June 27th 2013 @ 1:37am
        nrlking said | June 27th 2013 @ 1:37am | ! Report

        are you serious? this is the game of league how can you even speak such nonsense :S

    • June 26th 2013 @ 10:57pm
      Nathan of Perth said | June 26th 2013 @ 10:57pm | ! Report

      Well that was … umm …

    • Roar Guru

      June 26th 2013 @ 10:59pm
      Andy_Roo said | June 26th 2013 @ 10:59pm | ! Report

      I think the penalties were way over the top. Perhaps Merrin deserved 10 in the bin for throwing the first punch, but not anyone else.

      For the record though Merrin hit Tate with two punches, Hodges threw a couple at Merrin, Bird came flying in over the top of Hodges and if you watch closely you will see Tate throw one underneath the pack.

    • Roar Guru

      June 26th 2013 @ 11:02pm
      Bazzio said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

      Trent Merrin is no longer a butterly forward.

    • June 26th 2013 @ 11:08pm
      fred said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:08pm | ! Report

      I cannot believe in the last two games that NSW players have committed fouls by throwing punches and yet have not received the correct punishment.

    • June 26th 2013 @ 11:16pm
      Chris said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:16pm | ! Report

      If the referees had of blown the whistle for Gallen laying all over the tackle, the whole situation would have been avoided.

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        June 26th 2013 @ 11:42pm
        Stumpy said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:42pm | ! Report


        He looked like a stranded turtle

      • June 26th 2013 @ 11:48pm
        Papa Curt said | June 26th 2013 @ 11:48pm | ! Report

        Really, the penalty should have gone to NSW anyway. The first infringement was against QLD. So no matter who threw the first punch, it should’ve been a NSW ball.

        • June 27th 2013 @ 8:09am
          Rosco1970 said | June 27th 2013 @ 8:09am | ! Report

          Correct, if a previous infringement from Gallen had not been committed, he was way too slow to get off the player with the ball. As mentioned several times, if the refs were consistent, they should have blown a penalty before Tate had to move the ‘dirt’ himself

          • June 27th 2013 @ 12:38pm
            bully said | June 27th 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

            I agree and im a NSW fan but the referees were poor and there was a clear difference in the two ref’s and the ammount of time they allowed them to lay in the tackle. It was a KING HIT from merrin unlike gallen and should have been the only one in the bin.

            • June 27th 2013 @ 12:54pm
              Rosco1970 said | June 27th 2013 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

              Well said – I was at the match. The difference in the play of the ball initially seemed to be that QLD we trying to get up quick to avoid a penalty – NSW used ALL of their time. Unfortunately, for QLD, that meant that if they ever went a bit longer, they would be penalised – even though the timing was not different to NSW. Obviously, Merrin rightly got sent off – I have no issues with Tate having a crack back after the cheap shot he copped, but Hodges came in with a swinging arm too, which deserved 10 mins as well. As for Bird, I don’t get why he had to go.

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