Smith bitter after Game Three loss

By Josh Chahal
July 14, 2016

QUEENSLAND skipper Cameron Smith was left frustrated with what he believed were crucial mistakes made against   his side in their 18-14 loss to NSW in Game Three at ANZ Stadium.

Smith was left far from impressed with the refereeing after the bunker awarded a try to Andrew Fifita early in the second half despite interference from Michael Jennings, who appeared to be in an offside position.

“My understanding is that if there’s a person inside the 10 metres when a try is scored, and he started in front of the kicker, then that is offside,” said Smith.

“At the end of the day there’s human beings controlling these decision so we’re going to make errors but we’ve got to get that ruling right.”

The Maroons hooker was also critical of the referees decision to sin-bin Cooper Cronk for a professional foul on Wade Graham late in the first half.

“Again that was a 50-50 call,” he said.

“I’ve seen sin-binnings where they know that a player’s going to score the try – I’m not too sure that he would of got there.”

One of the biggest talking points came after the 80 minutes when rival captain Paul Gallen appeared to turn his back on Smith and lead his side away as the Maroons skipper gave his final speech.

Smith said that he noticed the gesture, which came on the back of Gallen labelling the Maroons “bad winners”, before adding: “It’s something our team wouldn’t do”.