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State of Origin: Laurie Daley wants answers from referees boss

A frustrated Laurie Daley will meet referees boss Tony Archer as the Blues coach believes there were a host of calls that went against his side.

The Blues are privately fuming with the way referees Shayne Hayne and Ben Cummins officiated the match, particularly towards the end of the game, where the NSW camp believes a stack of calls went to the home team. In particular, there was an instance when play was stopped late in the game after Greg Inglis was tackled. Inglis offered the ball to teammate Justin Hodges to play it, so he could revert to the left side of the field where he almost scored from the next play.

Paul Gallen of the Blues speaks with referee Shayne Hayne during game one.
Paul Gallen of the Blues speaks with referee Shayne Hayne during game one. Photo: Getty Images

An Inglis try would have left the Blues furious.

Daley woke early on Thursday to review the game. The NSW coach said he would speak to Archer and ask for a "please explain" on several fronts.

"I think I will go through the right channels," Daley said. "I will calm down. I just want some explanations, that's all. I want some explanations, and if they give me the right explanations I would love to see what they are because I am bewildered.

"There are plenty [of calls I am not happy with]. I am not going to go into specifics."

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The Blues finished behind 7-4 on the penalty count as they managed to hold on to secure a famous four-point win. They have now lost nine of the past 10 Origin penalty counts in Brisbane. 

Suspended Blues enforcer Greg Bird said it was frustrating to watch.

"There were so many 50-50 calls and I feel like every single one of them – not even 50-50 calls – but every single one of them went against us," Bird said. "The boys didn't drop their head. They can take some confidence from that.

"I thought we were great in the first half and executed our good ball sets. Getting out of own end we were great.

"I feel like I aged about 10 years. I am so happy and proud of the boys and the effort they put in. It was one of the best performances they've put in, if not the best. I wasn't sitting down a great deal. I was standing up and sitting down. I had a lot of energy."

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