Latrell Mitchell says he felt "sick" and disappointed his teammates in New South Wales after his dispossession for sin turned out to be a turning point in the loss of the State of Origin of the Blues.
Mitchell's lack of confidence in a professional foul against Matt Gillett with 22 minutes left proved to be a turning point in Queensland's 18-14 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
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The Maroons rower looked like he was ready to grab a Daly Cherry-Evans worm and score, however Mitchell grabbed him from behind a few moments before taking control of the ball.
The bunker refused to grant a penalty attempt because NSW fullback James Tedesco was close.
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However, the center of the Blues star was marched by a professional foul, crowning an already unhappy night.
While he was off the field, Dane Gagai scored the attempt to keep going when he intercepted a pass from Jack Wighton on his own line, ran 95 meters and the home team never looked back.
The 21-year-old said he refused to question himself because it was a decision of a fraction of a second, but he felt that it cost him his side.
"I was a little sick because I know I disappointed the boys a bit, I knew they had to work a little more with one less man," Mitchell said.
"It's quite disappointing on my part because I know I should have arrived a little faster, I just did not want to doubt my decision."
Mitchell refused to criticize the decision of referee Gerard Sutton to sin against him.
"Sutton has his job to do and I'm not going to put my two cents," Mitchell said.
"It happened and I did not want to doubt and let Gillett go and try."
Mitchell has dominated against Will Chambers in the last 12 months, including during last year's Origin series victory, as well as the Sydney Roosters' final victory over Melbourne.
However, it could be said that Chambers had the best game of his career at Origin on Wednesday when he and Gagai sculpted the left side of Mitchell's Blues, Josh Addo-Carr and the rookie gambling player Cody Walker.
"We think too much and we need more action," Mitchell said.
"That connection should be built by itself, I know we have that connection subconsciously, we need Cody to get into the game and play his natural game, because he's the best at that."
"It's one of those games, it just was not our way."