Outrage over Nine’s Origin slip-up
State of Origin fans have been left fuming because of a Channel 9 streaming bungle minutes after kick-off at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.
One of the biggest sporting events in Australia each year, Game 1 brought a surge of viewers to their devices to stream the match.
A wave of fans took to social media early on in the spectacle to slam interruptions to Nine's coverage. Fox Sports reporter Catherine Durkin said the stream "appeared broken" except for the Spider Cam angle as angry complaints flooded Twitter.
State of Origin stream on @Channel9 9 Now app appears to be broken. Constantly buffers and then crashes. But Spider Cam stream through the same app is working fine. I’m both annoyed and nauseous #sortit— Catherine Durkin (@CDurkinFOX) June 5, 2019
Some viewers said for a moment they could only view the match through the shaky cameras being worn by the referees.
Fortunately for everyone, it wasn't as bad as Optus' chaotic World Cup streaming fail. 9Now's official Twitter account addressed the issue shortly after kick-off and confirmed its team was working to fix the issue.
While the stream quality got better, the pain got worse for fans south of the border as the match turned in Queensland's favour after the half-time break.
A try-scoring double by man of the match Dane Gagai helped the Maroons overcome an 8-0 half-time deficit and a string of missed chances to draw first blood in the Origin series in front of 52,191 fans.
It was a dream start for Queensland's new Origin era as it looks to reclaim the title after going down to the Blues last year.
Several players refused to sing the Australian national anthem in a silent protest as Queensland beat NSW 18-14 in a pulsating clash.
Blues' indigenous stars Cody Walker and Josh Addo-Carr, along with Queensland's Will Chambers, had all pledged before the blockbuster interstate showdown to remain quiet during the traditional pre-game song.
At least five or six others, from both sides, appeared to join them in solidarity as the rest of their teammates belted out "Advance Australia Fair".
The indigenous players believe the century-old words discriminate against their people.
They find the line "for we are young and free" particularly offensive given Aboriginal Australians - who have struggled with centuries of oppression since European colonisation - boast one of the world's oldest continuous cultures.
"It's nothing to do with black, white, brown. We're all one, we're all Australians, and we just want to get recognised," Addo-Carr told reporters ahead of the game.
"It's just our opinion, it's how we feel, and we're very proud indigenous men and Australian men."