Laurie’s acting like some sort of Bozo
LAURIE Daley was a great player and from my experiences with him over 25 years an even better bloke.
It's an opinion shared by many people who know Daley and how he operates.
If I had to pick a NSW player I thought had the passion to play for Queensland, it would be Laurie Daley.
But after his call for referees Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins to be dumped for Origin II in Brisbane following Wednesday night's 6-4 loss to Queensland, I think he's been hanging around NSW and Australian selector Bob Fulton too much.
Bozo (Fulton) never had a problem bagging referees, he was the best of all at it.
Remember his "I hope you get run over by a cement truck" barb at leading referee Bill Harrigan after his Manly side was hammered 13-4 in penalties in a loss to Cronulla in 1987?
Des Hasler, a member of that Fulton-coached side, often targets referees in post-match interviews to take pressure off his players and sub-standard performances.
I don't think that was Daley's intention when he called for two new whistle blowers in Brisbane after what would have been a gut-wrenching two-point loss because his track record to date suggests he is not a referee basher.
"I'll be asking for those two referees (Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins) not to be officiating in game two, there's your story," said Daley knowing his comments would have consequences.
Asked why, he replied: "History and based on that game".
Daley's frustrations stem from an 11-10 loss in game one in Sydney last year, when Sutton and Cummings were the referees. But Sutton actually ruled Blues centre Josh Morris had scored what could have been a winning try in the 65th minute.
Unfortunately for the Blues and a majority of the 52,000 fans at ANZ Stadium, his decision was overturned by the Bunker which deemed a Queensland player (Johnathan Thurston) had his hand under the ball which had not touched the try.
A tough call at a key time in the game for sure, but there was still plenty of time left to win.
Daley though would do better to look at a few areas of the Blues attack and the selection of Dylan Walker, which didn't come off, than blame the referees for losing a game that was there to be won until the last minute.