QUEENSLAND fullback Billy Slater admitted he was stunned to have been disallowed a try in last night's thrilling 11-10 Origin victory over New South Wales in Sydney.
The Storm winger was still struggling to work out how video referees Bernard Sutton and Luke Pattern denied him his 13th Origin try after he and Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson jostled each other in the race for a Johnathan Thurston grubber kick.
Slater getting his hand on the ball first and was convinced it was a try.
However the wise men in the box - Bernard Sutton and former Canterbury fullback Luke Pattern, ruled he had pushed and not shouldered Hodkinson out of the way as they both battled hard for the ball.
"I was surprised, I was surprised," said Slater after the game.
"I was walking back confident it was a try."
To his credit, Slater quickly put the rough call out of his mind and was tremendous making 128 metres from 11 carries.
Slater went into the game with a suspect shoulder than will require surgery at the end of the season.
He tested it when he hit runaway NSW fullback Josh Dugan before he he set up the Blues's first try to centre Josh Morris.
Slater singled out winger Storm team-mate Will Chambers as his man of the match, an assessment shared by coach Mal Meninga.
"He was exceptional, to be honest I think he was our best tonight," he said.
"I see first-hand what he does out there. Just the way he carts the ball back into them time and time again and scoring a try.
"He's been great for us."
The official match stats back up the accolades showered on Chambers who made an outstanding debut in game three of last year's series.
Chambers carved out 228 metres, a massive effort in Origin.
"The wing isn't his usual position and for him to go and play what I thought was a man-of-the-match performance that's an outstanding effort for a guy playing his second game," added Slater.
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