‘Would’ve been on the floor’: Munster reacts to ‘cheap shot’ as three Maroons charged
Cameron Munster has been hit with a fine after being called out for an absolute shocker of an act in Queensland’s game one loss to New South Wales on Wednesday.
Munster was noticeably quiet as the Blues ran rampant at Queensland Country Bank Stadium — but he didn’t shy away from an opportunity to let a New South Welshmen know exactly what mood he was in.
Just under 15 minutes into the second half, while the Blues held a 20-point lead, Liam Martin put some kick pressure on Munster and it seems he held on a little too long for the QLD playmaker’s liking.
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Munster then kicked Martin right in the guts, while on his hands and knees attempting to get back to his feet.
Munster is looking at $1,150 with an early guilty plea and $1,500 if he fights the charge and is found guilty at the panel.
“I obviously didn’t like what he done and he got under my skin and being the competitive person that I am [I did that], it wasn’t a full kick or anything like that, there was no malice in it whatsoever,” Munster told reporters post-game.
“Look I will leave that to the judiciary and see if they feel it was necessary. I am a very competitive person and yeah he got under my skin but in no way or form or shape did I want to go out there and hurt him.
“You can tell there was no full swing, it was more me trying to get him off me. To be completely honest I didn’t really think there was too much malice in it.
“I came off the field and some of the boys and some of the coaches were talking to me about it and I didn’t really remember it to be honest.
“If it doesn’t look too good but I know deep down I didn’t try to fully kick him. If I fully tried kicking him I can assure you he would’ve been on the floor.
“I’m sure anyone would be on the floor if anyone tried to full swing kick you and he got back, he was all over me and I just wanted to get him off me. I was frustrated with my kick. I wouldn’t say I lashed out but I was trying to get him off me.
“If Liam is listening then I’m sorry if he thinks there’s any malice in it.”
He was placed on report for the incident by referee Gerard Sutton but rugby league fans weren’t so kind as they took to Twitter to lash him for the grubby act.
Teammate Moeaki Fotuaika is the only Maroon looking at time on the sidelines after being charged with grade one dangerous contact on Latrell Mitchell.
Fotuaika will miss one week regardless of whether he takes the early plea or fights the charge and is found guilty.
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Munster wasn’t the only Maroon to come up with a questionable act. Joe Ofahengaue handed the opposition a penalty on a silver platter, while Kyle Feldt was lucky to stay on the field for a brutal high shot.
Feldt is looking at a fine of $1,600 with the early guilty plea and $2,100 if found guilty at the panel.
Ofahengaue tested referee Sutton early in the second half when he prevented James Tedesco from catching a high ball. Ofahengaue was penalised for having no eyes for the ball as he collected Tedesco.
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Meanwhile, debutant Feldt came up with a high — and late — shot on Blues star Cameron Murray.
We knew the refereeing on high shots was going to be relaxed a little for Origin but it probably wasn’t expected for them to be wound back this far.
Murray was clearly rattled by the shot and a bit groggy as he got to his feet. In a club game, since the crackdown was introduced, it would have almost certainly resulted in a send off. And even before the crackdown, you could argue it still would have been a sin-bin.