New South Wales faithful took to social media on Wednesday night urging Brad Fittler to push Bloomfield boy Jack Wighton into the five-eighth for next year's State of Origin series after the heavily-favoured Blues fell to Queensland 20-14 in the decider at Suncorp Stadium.
The Blues received a plethora of criticism in the wake of the defeat as the dubbed 'worst Queensland team of all time' simply outplayed and out-enthused the away side.
But, New South Wales wasn't without excuses in the devastating loss as both James Tedesco and Cody Walker succumbed to bad head knocks, the former coming less than 20 minutes into the contest.
Queensland back rower Jai Arrow has found himself in hot water after the treatment he gave an unconscious Tedesco in the wake of the game-changing collision with Josh Papalii's knee, the Titans' backrower lifting Tedesco off the ground and slamming him back onto the turf in the seconds after the incident.
On Thursday morning the NRL's match review committee handed Arrow a grade one contrary conduct charge, which equates to a $550 fine if he takes the early plea.
But the punishment was light according to Fittler, who said the NRL missed the chance to make a strong statement on concussion.
"Without a doubt it's something that we're very conscious of, concussion, and the game is doing everything they can do to look into it," he said.
"Everyone is under pressure there, doctors, players, staff. I think the way the league dealt with it is quite poor."
Despite the many storylines that emerged from the contest, the Blues had their chances to clinch the series and their lack of potency in attacking territory proved crucial
Assuming Jack Wighton is healthy and ready to go for next year's series, the explosiveness and running ability he brings to the pivot role might entice Fittler to follow in the footsteps of Ricky Stuart and start the 27-year-old in the number six jersey.
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