One week out from the State of Origin final, NSW’s bid for a series clean sweep has been dealt a potentially lethal blow.
Ahead of next Wednesday’s match at Stadium Australia, the Queensland Premier has announced that NSW players must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
“I understand it’s not ideal, but I’m trying to reduce the chance of Covid transmission between the NSW players,” says Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The infection rate in NSW is still relatively high.”
But the social distancing measure has drawn the ire of NSW Origin coach Brad Filter.
“She can’t just go and make up new rules willy nilly,” he says. “We might be OK with the 1.5m rule while in attack, but it’s going to leave gaping holes in our defensive line.”
Fitler says he believes Ms Palaszczuk is simply trying to do everything she can to ensure Queensland wins tonight’s match.
“She doesn’t care about Coronavirus at all,” he says.