Daley hits out at Origin officials


New South Wales coach Laurie Daley has called for new officials in game two of State of Origin after the Blues' controversial 6-4 defeat to Queensland.

The opening game of the series was a tight affair at ANZ Stadium with Dane Gagai's first-half try proving decisive for the Maroons in Sydney, the wing adding four points to Johnathan Thurston's early penalty.

Boyd Cordner had put the Blues ahead prior to Gagai's score, but they felt they should have retaken the lead when Josh Morris crossed the line with 15 minutes to play.

The try was awarded before subsequently being overturned by the Bunker for failing to get the ball over the line - much to the Blues' frustration.

It was one of a number of incidents going against the Blues according to Daley, and he has called for referees Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins to be withdrawn from the next encounter.

"There were plenty of big calls that happened," Daley told a media conference.

"Put it this way, I will be asking for those two referees not to be officiating in game two....there is your story."

Maroons' coach Kevin Walters was much less critical and acknowledged his side had enjoyed the rub of the green.

"We'll get them [the officials] back in. We will take a bit out of Cameron's [Smith] salary and help them out," he joked.

"We did get some favourable calls and you need it at this level.

"That was the case for Queensland tonight. The 50-50 calls certainly went Queensland's way.

"I'm not sure we deserved to win, but we did."