What the Foul?
MELBOURNE — A controversial decision sealed Queensland's fate in Game II of Australia's State of Origin rugby series on Wednesday night. The Maroons' Greg Inglis' brilliant 80-meter charge to score a try in the 68th minute came to nil when the points were disallowed following a video replay showing an apparent knock-on earlier in the play. Trailing 20-18 at the time, the try and probably 2-point conversion would likely have clinched the game for Queensland.
A record 91,513 Rugby fans crammed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground on a frigid winter's night to see whether Queensland would continue its dominance of the series — the Maroons have triumphed in nine of the last ten contests — or if the New South Wales Blues could defend their honour and retain the Origin shield.
That question will be answered at Suncorp Stadium for Origin III, where Queensland supporters hope the team's home side advantage may help them take it back. Whatever the outcome, holding such a close and dramatic battle in Melbourne, Victoria, a stronghold of Australian Football historically uninterested in rugby, must be a great advertisement for the sport to the southerners.