‘F***ing p***ed me off’: Coach loses it
New South Wales coach Brad Fittler was left looking like a genius as NSW humiliated Queensland in a history-making thumping in Perth.
Maroons' coach Kevin Walters was left looking like a broken man.
The Queensland mentor broke his own golden rule of refusing to mention the opposition this campaign after admitting his team was bullied off the park in Perth.
The clearly frustrated coach lot all sense of decorum as he made no attempt to his his temper - or his foul language - in his post match press conference.
Walters said he was angry right from the start of the game when his team failed to set-up properly from the kick-off.
"We were comprehensively outplayed tonight," Walters said.
"From the kickoff... they wanted it more than us and they got the right rewards.
"Origin's won on attitude and effort, and we didn't match them in any areas there tonight.
"I was surprised and disappointed, too.
"We were poor in a lot of areas tonight. I'm not going to single out one player.
"Even our kick-off to start the game was s***."
Having already sworn once, Walters appeared to decide to go all in and let his players know exactly how furious he is.
"It f***ing p***ed me off," Walters said of the kick-off mistakes.
"I think that's being kind," he fired.
"Right from the kick off, they beat us up, even that (kick-off) f***ing pissed me off.
"It didn't go long enough, it didn't go far enough, that just summed up the whole game."
Walters had earlier told Channel 9, his team was "beaten up everywhere".
"We got beat up everywhere. In the middle. On the edges. It was a very disappointing night from our guys," he said.
"But we are all still learning as a group and as a team, so we will take plenty out of the situation here, and regroup and get ourselves back for Game 3."
He was right to be angry.
The Blues pulled off their second biggest victory in the history of State of Origin, levelling the series with an emphatic 38-6 victory.
The Blues now head to Sydney for the series decider bursting with confidence. The result leaves the Maroons' completely demoralised and shell-shocked after they conceded 32 unanswered points.
Maroons' great Paul Vautin described the result as: "One hell of a thumping.
"It is officially a smash up," Vautin said.
"They are running riot in the second half.
"They are just giving it to them."
Only the famous "NSW hand grenade" game where the Blues won 56-16 during the 2000 series produced a bigger flogging in Queensland's State of Origin.
James Maloney, James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic steered NSW to the historic result.
Maloney set up two tries, kicked five goals, and also shifted to halfback for the second half after an ankle injury to Nathan Cleary on Sunday night.
Centre Trbojevic,who recorded the first NSW hat-trick since 2005, was also dominant in his return for the Blues.
Tedesco and Tyson Frizell were also contenders for man of the match, but Trbojevic was officially awarded the honour for his freakish ability to cut holes in the Maroons' defence.
A record Optus Stadium crowd of 59,721 braved a first-half downpour for the first Origin game in Perth. Those that braved the wild rain were able to see a famous result that will not be forgotten any time soon.
The locals were entertained by a NSW masterclass sparked by two men absent for game one but were re-called under different circumstances.
Maloney was seemingly out of the Origin picture as late as last Sunday morning, when Mitchell Pearce was set to be re-called only to rule himself out with injury.
Trbojevic was two games back from a hamstring injury, and his first-half double gave Brad Fittler's men an 18-6 halftime lead.
Back-to-back penalty goals took the advantage beyond two tries, before the Blues blew the game open with another two tries in the space of three minutes.
Trbojevic got his third when he finished off a 70-metre team effort in the 55th minute, andthen Josh Addo-Carr got on the end of a Wade Graham grubber.
A string of six consecutive penalties meant a ragged Queensland could barely muster a punch in the second half.
Addo-Carr completed the big win with his second in the closing stages. Trbojevic was a threat from the onset, getting overthe line in the fourth minute only to be held up by desperate cover defence.
But he didn't have to wait long to post first points, roaming into the middle to chase a Maloney bomb and soar over Kalyn Ponga four minutes later. Controversy marred Queensland's response when referee Gerard Sutton ruled a penalty try for WillChambers in the 14th minute.
The Maroons centre was chasing an early Ben Hunt grubber only to be impeded by counterpart Jack Wighton as the ball rolleddead.
The Blues regained the ascendancy after Tyson Frizell ran a good right-edge line to score, and the lead should've doubled when the Blues' had a three-on-one opportunity.
Only Maloney threw his cut-out pass to Addo-Carr forward.
However NSW still took a 12-point lead into the sheds when James Tedesco rounded Michael Morgan and found Trbojevic supporting on the inside.
Maloney kicked the conversion after an ankle injury to Cleary, who tried to play through the pain but was substituted at halftime.
Cleary was ruled out of the game at half time and failed to take the field in the second half.
Cleary suffered an ankle injury in the first half but was not forced from the field.
NSW made the call to move utility Wade Graham into the halves alongside James Maloney for the second half.
"Some big news out of NSW camp. Nathan Cleary has an ankle injury and he will not be back tonight," Billy Slater told Channel 9.
"Wade Graham will be playing in the halves with James Maloney as the Queenslanders drop out real quick."
Maroons prop Jarrod Wallace was put on report for tackling the legs of Maloney while kicking in the 49th minute.
The deciding game will be playing at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on July 10.
- with AAP