According to Channel 9 commentator Phil Gould the New South Wales Blues lost last nights Origin opener, the Queenslanders didn’t win it.
If Gould’s commentary was to be believed the Maroons didn’t actually do anything to win the game 11-10, they were “gifted” the match by their rivals through on-field mistakes and poor performances.
Gould was his usual unashamedly parochial self, saying ‘complimentary’ things about the Queenslanders while making sure these compliments were contingent upon Blues errors.
“There’s only one team playing out there! Only one team is playing. Only one team is playing,” he said.
If that was true, and the Blues were just standing around not playing, then an under-8 girl’s side could have won against them.
Things that passed unnoticed (or at least uncommented by the vocal New South Wales supporters in the 9 commentary box):
- The disallowed try by Slater may actually have been a bad call.
- In the second half Slater was impeded in a chase for the ball into the in-goal area (replayed twice but commented on not at all).
- Greg Inglis had his worst Origin game (maybe worst first grade game) ever.
- Will Chambers tore the Cockroach defenders apart and has emerged as the heir apparent for Hodge’s centre spot.
- Queensland played a canny game to maintain possession (55% – 45%), if anything should have won by a lot more than one point.
For Phil Gould to argue that the Queensland Maroons were ‘gifted’ the game is insulting and disrespectful to players and fans alike. Such childish whinging should never be a part of professional sports commentary.
Gould needs to remember there are two sides in an Origin match and not just call for one of them.