Queensland coach warned over Joseph Sua’ali’i sideline spray

Queensland assistant coach Nate Myles has reportedly been given an official warning by sideline officials for launching a verbal spray at Joseph Sua’ali’i as he left the field on Wednesday night.

The State of Origin series opener was turned on its head just seven minutes into the game when Sua’ali’i came out of his defensive line and shouldered Reece Walsh in the head.

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The Queensland fullback’s head swung back and he fell to the Accor Stadium green, where he lay dazed for several moments.

Sua’ali’i was sent off by referee Ashley Klein and the Blues had to play almost the entire game with just 12 players.

Klein said, “I don’t want you to say a word. A very dangerous action, it is a direct contact of the head with the shoulder – you fall out. Direct contact with the head.”

The massive impact left Reece Walsh with a concussion

A brutal hit sucked the life out of the game and Maroons great Myles gave Sua’ali’i both barrels as he left the field.

The Daily Telegraph reports that an NRL official alerted Myles, who was sitting on the Queensland interchange bench, when he had some choice words for Sua’ali’i.

Myles played 32 Origin games between 2006 and 2013 during Queensland’s dominant run of eight straight series wins.

He is part of assistant manager Billy Slater’s team, along with Josh Hannay, Johnathan Thurston and Matt Ballin.

Walsh walked down the tunnel and showed symptoms of a Category 1 concussion. He did not play the rest of the game.

The benching of Selwyn Cobb looked like a genius call from Slater and 18th man Felise Kaufusi was activated.

Sua’ali’i joined Craig Greenhill (1996), Gorden Tallis (2000), Trent Waterhouse (2009), Jarome Luai and Walsh himself (both 2023) on the infamous list of players to have been dropped in Origin.

Slater came from the coaching box to the bench to instruct Hamis Tabuai-Fidow, who had moved to full-back in Walsh’s absence.

The “Hammer” was a blinder, scoring a hat-trick to take his tally of Origin tries to seven from just five games.

Queensland ran away with a dominant 38-10 victory in the first game and were just one win away from a hat-trick under Slater.

The remaining two games are in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Walsh will miss the next two games for the Broncos but is expected to be fine to play the second game at the MCG in three weeks’ time.

The 21-year-old returned to the bench and appeared in good spirits, holding his daughter and chatting with his teammates.

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