2022-06-08 12:00:00

Maroons playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans has scored a controversial try to hand his side the lead in the series opener.

The Blues defensive line looked non-existent as the halfback broke from the scrum, stepping on his right foot to leave Tariq Sims wanting to make the score 10-4.

Almost instantly, New South Wales forwards coming across from the scrum started protesting, claiming they were held back, denying them the chance to make a try-saving tackle.

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“Now the Blues are saying they got held into the scrum,” Andrew Johns said on Channel 9.

“Tariq Sims, he gets out and over-chases Cherry-Evans… just not working together defensively there the Blues.

“Tariq Sims just gets himself in a bad situation, invites Cherry-Evans to come back off his right foot.

“Now Junior Paulo, he is appealing that he was held in the scrum, he comes back from the front row, he is appealing he got held out,” Andrew Johns said.

While often players appeal in the hopes of having a try overturned, this time rugby league legend Darren Lockyer believed there was a slight obstruction, and NRL pundits agreed.

“If you have a look at the high-shot, he does for a little bit, there is a slight second where he gets held back,” Darren Lockyer said.

“Is it enough, I don’t know, but it is on the board.”

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Meanwhile, after replays were shown at the ground, boos sounded across Accor Stadium as the crowd expressed their discontent.

“I think the crowd has seen it on the big screen, that Junior Paulo got held back, the natives are restless,” Andrew Johns said on Channel 9.

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