Angry Blues coach slams ‘absolute rubbish’ why NSW lost State of Origin series: ‘It’s disrespectful to even say it’
- Assistant coach Greg Alexander dismissed talk of a lack of passion as the reason for NSW’s defeat
- He described the speculation on SEN radio as “absolute rubbish” and “disrespectful”.
- NRL 360 host Paul Kent felt Tom Dearden had more state desire than Jarome Luai
- Kent pointed out that Luai reportedly declared his allegiance to Samoa for the World Cup
NSW Assistant coach Greg Alexander has angrily dismissed an “absolute rubbish” and “disrespectful” opinion from a prominent journalist that the Origin series was lost due to a lack of passion in the blues.
Speaking at the SEN breakfast, the great Penrith balked at speaking Queensland‘s dedication to the Maroons jersey was instrumental in the final result.
“Anyone who says Queensland cares more about the shirt is talking absolute rubbish,” Alexander fumed on Friday morning to be co-host Andrew Voss.
“It’s disrespectful to even say that. The comment makes me so angry. The disappointment is bigger when you lose. We (NSW) had a very shallow dressing room. Nothing was said. It was dead quiet.’
Alexander added that the turning point in his eyes was winger Daniel Tupou’s mistake just before half-time at Suncorp Stadium.
The error gave Queensland a field position, and soon after they crossed the strip for a crucial try when Kurt Capewell was the quickest to respond to a Harry Grant cultivator.
NSW Blues assistant coach Greg Alexander (pictured) has dismissed an “absolute rubbish” and “disrespectful” opinion circulating that the Origin series was lost due to a lack of state passion
Speaking to SEN Radio, Alexander said the Blues’ dressing room was “very flat” after the decider loss (NSW players pictured after the 12-22 loss to Queensland).
In the second half, Queensland’s heroic defense repeatedly battled NSW to cross the center line, with the man affectionately nicknamed ‘Brandy’ admitting the Blues eventually ‘ran out of gas’.
Alexander’s comments followed NRL 360 journalist Paul Kent publicly questioning NSW’s desire with the series on Thursday.
The veteran writer pointed out that on debut, Billy Slater showed confidence in Tom Dearden, who reassured his trainer he would not let his condition down after star five-eight Cameron Munster was ruled out for a positive Covid test.
Kent felt the same motivation could not be said of Dearden’s counterpart Jarome Luai, who has reportedly pledged allegiance to Samoa at the World Cup in Britain later this year alongside blues winger Brian To’o.
Retired players-turned-Fox Sports media identities Braith Anasta and Michael Ennis later dismissed Kent’s suggestion that Queensland’s collective passion made the difference in the decision, as did ex-blues hooker Benny Elias.
In the meantime, Queensland Captain Daly Cherry-Evans has admitted beating Blues center Matt Burton in game three was a deliberate ploy.
Before the game, the Maroons designated forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui as enforcer, and he was more than ready to shake the cage to secure a series win.
“That got us the win. We all stood in a row ready to do anything,” Fa’asuamaleaui said.
“It was about the guys playing hard football and being willing to do anything for their mates.”
Queensland have won two of their last three series against NSW – and both years have been underdogs.