According to Kev, the Maroons’ woes in Origin 2 started… very early.
Paul Kent and Greg Alexander have butted heads on Fox League’s NRL360, with the former attempting to grill the Penrith Panthers legend on Latrell Mitchell’s State of Origin performance and ensuing decision to head home with his parents instead of leaving camp with the rest of the New South Wales side.
Co-host Ben Ikin was looking to gain Alexander’s view on Mitchell’s heavily-criticised performance before Kent took over proceedings, quickly firing at Alexander on the Roosters centre’s pre-game attitude and distractions.
“What about Freddy’s comments, though Brandy?” said Kent to a bemused Alexander.
“I can’t speak for what Freddy said. I haven’t spoken to Freddy about it,” he replied.
Long stretches of silence were the order of the day as both men seemingly became more and more confused by the other.
“Reading the (Fittler’s) comments, did they surprise you?” Kent hit back with, getting only a short and sharp, “Yes and no,” in response.
Still seemingly bemused by the trajectory of the back-and-forth, Kent again pressed the issue
“Why yes and no?” he asked. “I haven’t got the quote in front of me,” as Alexander stared daggers through the co-host.
A hapless Kevin Walters could only watch on from his chair on the table, turning his head from side to side as if watching tennis as the exchange just refused to die down.
“No. What Freddy said, I don’t know. So I really don’t want to comment on what Freddy said,” said Alexander when asked AGAIN about Fittler’s comments. “Latrell went home, the Roosters gave him permission to go home, I don’t see a problem with it. His mood in camp was fine. Did he have a great game? No.
“If he wasn’t distracted through camp… what do you want me to make up on the spot?”