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Johns fumes over Origin ‘dog act’

The 2020 State of Origin decider has delivered a thriller but the ugly moment James Tedesco was wiped out of the game has had a huge bearing on Queensland’s famous series win at Suncorp Stadium.Queensland won 20-14 to reclaim the series but the NSW skipper was ruled out early after copping an accidental knee, before…

The 2020 State of Origin decider has delivered a thriller but the ugly moment James Tedesco was wiped out of the game has had a huge bearing on Queensland’s famous series win at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland won 20-14 to reclaim the series but the NSW skipper was ruled out early after copping an accidental knee, before being shoved into the ground by the Maroons’ Jai Arrow.

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After Queensland scored first through Valentine Holmes in the opening three minutes, NSW captain James Tedesco hit back with one of the more bizarre Origin tries.

A NSW player was escorted off the ball, before an off-side Daly Cherry-Evans went to pick it up, with Tedesco sneaking in to ground the ball.

It was just what NSW needed with the huge Queensland crowd urging their side on.

But an ugly moment has marred the first half with Tedesco knocked out of the game after an accidental knee to the head from Josh Papalii — followed by being shoved back into the turf and lifted and forced back down by Jai Arrow despite being dazed by the head knock.

Queensland players did stand around Tedesco before trainers made it out onto the field but the NSW skipper was clearly unsteady on his feet and following Cameron Munster’s stumble ruling him out of game two, he quickly failed his head injury assessment.

Replays revealed the moment Arrow lifted and shoved Tedesco back to the turf with rugby league Immortal and NSW legend Andrew Johns labelling it “rubbish”.

“No need for that carry on by Jai Arrow,” he said.

“So he gets the knee here and he’s knocked out. He’s on the ground. That’s just not needed, the extra (from Arrow).

“The game’s hard enough as it is without that rubbish coming into play.”

Andrew Moore on ABC called it “stupid to push him like that!”

Arrow was spotted immediately calling for a NSW medical official to come onto the field to attend to Tedesco after he appeared to realise he was seriously injured.

Post-game, Fox League’s Paul Kent hit out at people slamming Arrow for the act but Queensland great Cooper Cronk put him in his place.

Kent said he didn’t think Arrow realised that Tedesco was in as bad a way as he was and called for those slamming him to “pull their heads in”. Cronk replied “well then I need to pull my head in because I don’t like that”.

“That’s not a play you should be doing if a player is in or out of consciousness for me. Whether he’s out or not, you don’t whack somebody then pick them up and throw them again.”

Kent back pedalled, agreeing “That’s fair” but still hit out at the response.

However, social media was calling for Arrow’s blood.

“Dog act from Jai Arrow. Disgraceful,” The Herald Sun’s Emily Benammar posted on Twitter.

The Australian’s Jessica Halloran wrote: “That was a revolting move from Jai Arrow.” before adding he “Should be off”.

Former NSW player Keith Galloway also called Arrow a “grub” on Twitter before responding to a commenter that there was “still no need for the carry on”.

Some on social media have defended Arrow for not realising Tedesco was knocked out as he grabbed the ankle of forward.

The move meant that Eels fullback and NRL fullback of the year Clint Gutherson went to fullback, while Panthers forward Isaah Yeo moved to the centres.

Having played most of the season in the middle of the field for the minor premiers, Yeo has been exposed on the edge with Queensland targeting the edge.

Early in the second half, Queensland great Paul Vautin said the loss of Tedesco was noticable.

“They‘re missing Tedesco, aren’t they?” he said. “There’s little or no penetration through the middle of the field. Stuff that he normally does.”

Phil Gould agreed: “Big time”.

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