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Latrell Mitchell speaks out after horror NSW Origin performance - 'A bit sick'

Latrell Mitchell says he felt "sick" and that he let his NSW teammates down after his sin-binning proved a turning point in the Blues' State of Origin I loss.

Mitchell's sin-binning for a professional foul on Matt Gillett with 22 minutes on the clock turned out to be a pivotal moment in Queensland's pressure- relieving 18-14 victory at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Maroons back-rower looked like he was set to latch onto a Daly Cherry-Evans grubber and score, however Mitchell grabbed him from behind moments before he took control of the ball.

The bunker declined to award a penalty try because NSW fullback James Tedesco was in the vicinity.

However, the Blues star centre was marched for a professional foul, capping an already unhappy night.

While he was off the field, Dane Gagai scored the go-ahead try when he intercepted a Jack Wighton pass on his own line and ran 95 metres and the home side never looked back.

The 21-year-old said he was refusing to second guess himself because it was a split-second decision but felt like he cost his side.

"I was a bit sick because I know I let the boys down a little bit, I knew they had to work a bit harder with one less man," Mitchell said.

"It's pretty disappointing on my behalf because I know I should have got there a bit quicker. I just didn't want to hesitate on my decision."

Mitchell refused to criticise referee Gerard Sutton's decision to sin bin him.

"Sutton has his job to do and I'm not going to put my two cents in," Mitchell said. "It happened and I didn't want to hesitate and let Gillett go and score a try."

Mitchell has dominated opposite Will Chambers over the last 12 months including during last year's Origin series win as well the Sydney Roosters' grand final victory over Melbourne.

However, Chambers arguably had the best game of his Origin career on Wednesday as he and Gagai carved up the Blues' left side of Mitchell, Josh Addo-Carr and debutant playmaker Cody Walker.

"We did too much thinking and we need more action," Mitchell said.

"That connection should build by itself. I know we have that connection subconsciously, we need to get Cody into the game and playing his natural footy, because he's the best at it.

"It's one of those games, it just didn't go our way."

Latrell Mitchell (NSW).
Rugby League - 2018 State of Origin, Game 1 played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) between the NSW Blues v QLD Maroons on 6 June 2018.
Latrell Mitchell in action for NSW Blues against the Queensland Maroons. Source: Photosport


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