Payne Haas, a 20-year-old Australian rugby league footballer, was sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes during the second half of Wednesday’s Origin Game Two, along with Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. It was initiated by a push between Jake Friend and Nathan Brown, which later turned into an all-in scuffle between both sides.
The front-rowers were given marching orders 57 minutes into the game after a wild coming together that saw both sides bombard blows to the head.
Queensland coach Wayne Bennett has blamed media for a fiery brawl between Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, which led to double sin-binning.
After the game, Bennett said to the media,
“I’ve worked with you guys for a long time now so I know you won’t take any responsibility for it”.
Haas told Nine,
“It was a heat of the moment. Me and Tino are good mates.”
“I just saw red. My grandmother and my mum will probably get up at me after this.”
Haas sheepishly admitted post-match that the situation got the better of him.
After the win, NSW coach Brad Fittler in the post-match conference said,
“Someone just told me then (of the article)… but just two young blokes. I don’t think anyone was hurt and it wasn’t too offensive so I think we can move on from it pretty quick.”
The Courier-Mail revealed earlier this week that Fa’asuamaleaui was gunning for Haas since the two came up against each other in the under 18s Origin back in 2017 wherein a rivalry reportedly was ignited. They have a history, which goes back to their schoolboy days when they went against each other at the state level during an under 18s conflict.
Nonetheless, the crowd with many old-school rugby league lovers including Kent loved every minute of the game, despite the brawl.
So, this was it about Payne Haas in the game.