Jarome Luai admits New South Wales were 'p****d off' by treatment Queensland dished out last year
New South Wales have vowed they won't be bullied in the State of Origin opener on Wednesday after Jarome Luai admitted the Blueswere left red-faced by the treatment Queensland dished out in the decider last year.
Matt Burton was clobbered by Dane Gagai and then put in a headlock by Tino Faasuamaleaui as tempers flared during the decider at Suncorp Stadium in July.
The New South Wales playmaker was surrounded by Maroons jersey, an unusual sight in Origin and one which has annoyed the Blues ever since.
'There werent many blue jerseys there,' Luai told News Corp.
'It was a tough one because it was situational. But it did p**s us off.
'No one wants to let that happen in any game. One of our brothers out there in that situation, we want to be there to support them.'
The incident happened away from the ball, with Burton running straight into the back of Kalyn Ponga as the Blues scrambled to avoid a try
Gagai andFaasuamaleaui decided to dish out some retribution, with the former and Burton throwing haymakers but only the Queenslander landing some blows.