Cameron Munster concedes Liam Martin “got under his skin” but he doesn’t need to address a discipline issue in his game after being charged with contrary conduct for an incident in Queensland’s record State of Origin loss to NSW.
Munster appeared to kick out at the Blues back-rower during the 50-6 loss in Townsville Wednesday night, the Maroons five-eighth saying post-game he “didn’t think there was much in it, but the video doesn’t look too good”.
The match review committee largely agreed, with Munster copping a $1,150 fine but free to play in the NRL for Melbourne against the Warriors on Sunday.
The latest indiscretion for Munster was similar to the one that resulted in him being sin-binned in the 2018 NRL grand final loss to Sydney Roosters, but he laughed off the idea that it had become a bad habit.
“I didn’t like what he’d done (in the tackle), it got under my skin and I’m a competitive person but in no way, shape, or form was I trying to hurt him,” Munster said.
“There was no full swing, more just him trying to get off me.
“I know deep down I didn’t try to fully kick him; if I did I’m sure he’d be on the floor.
“If Liam is listening, I’m sorry if he thought there was any malice in it.”
Maroons debutant Kyle Feldt has taken a fine for dangerous contact for a shot on Cameron Murray, but will miss North Queensland’s match with Manly though a glute injury.
Queensland’s Moeaki Fotuaika has accepted a one-game ban for a shot on Latrell Mitchell, the Gold Coast forward ineligible for a fine due to previous charges this year.
Discussion around the NRL’s crackdown on high contact – and staging for penalties as a result – dominated the lead-up to the Origin series opener.
But there wasn’t a penalty blown for a high tackle until the hour mark; NSW coach Brad Fittler applauding the officials for their handling of the contest under intense scrutiny.