Queensland legends, led by Maroons' Origin Godfather Arthur Beetson, have slammed the NRL Judiciary, calling on them to show South Sydney giant Dave Taylor the same leniency afforded Blues' winger Akuila Uate before State of Origin II.
Taylor is in danger of missing the biggest game of his rugby league career after copping a grade two dangerous throw charge.
Queensland coach Mel Meninga said on Monday night he is resigned to playing the decider on July 6 without Taylor.
"I'm not shocked. We can't do much about it," Meninga told AAP.
"It's a pretty severe grading considering his carry over points and loading.
"It could be very difficult to defend and get him off."
Beetson let fly, saying Taylor is potentially Queensland's X-factor and NSW clearly want him out of the game.
"Uate (who received a grade one dangerous throw plea and had no loading) got off, and he (Taylor) should get off," Beetson told AAP.
"There's no difference between them. Uate's was worse if, he had his hand between the guy's legs.
"Nothing's changed. I can go back years. It's still the same old story. NSW are running things and nobody is accountable."
Another international, Wally Fullerton-Smith, who along with Trevor Gillmeister was rated among the best tacklers in the game, was stunned to learn of Taylor's plight.
"I saw the tackle and thought it was a good front-on tackle," he told AAP.
"Obviously, in the wet and with the momentum, he slipped and it looked a lot worse than it was.
"I've been on the Judiciary and, to be honest, that's a bit rich.
"There was no hand between the legs. He was like a coal train. He just drove him in the tackle.
"In my day, we'd be slapping him on the back."
Fullerton-Smith said NSW are using the Judiciary as a distraction for the Maroons.