Penrith’s NSW halves are bracing for close attention from the Maroons in Origin I, but are hoping for more protection from referees after North Queensland were shown leniency when hitting Nathan Cleary high and late after he had kicked the ball on Friday night.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was unimpressed with a few late shots on his son and halfback during the 22-0 win, including one by Cowboys prop Jordan McLean that left the halfback with a corked quad.
“We never ever, ever, get kick-pressure penalties, and he was tackled multiple times tonight, late and in the air. Maybe it has changed…
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