As players continue to boycott sports, Introduction captains Daly Cherry-Evans and James Tedescoalong with Wally Lewis Medalist Reuben Cotter was still able to address the fans and crowd at the Origin III match ceremony.
“It’s always fun to play on such a big stage,” he said.
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“I want to thank the Blues for this series. It’s been very difficult regardless of the result.
“The lads played well all the way through, they made a tough series and we had to do something, so a big credit to the Blues.
“I want to thank everyone who came here tonight, especially you Queensland fans.”
By game three, Cherry-Evans was in the league instructions for the Wally Lewis medalHowever, Cody Walker’s dominance in his defensive end may have spoiled the opportunity.
Cotter, who played the entire game in the middle, finished with honors and also gave praise to “five million at home”.
“First of all, congratulations to NSW,” he said.
“Congratulations to our guys. It’s been a great series, I’ve loved every moment with you in camp.
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“I just want to say thank you to everyone in the Queensland side for coming out tonight, and to the five million people watching at home, thank you for supporting us throughout and for the coaches.”
Whether 34-year-old Cherry-Evans will continue to wear the Queensland jersey remains to be seen not committed to his future up to Origin III.and
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NSW managed to save face with a 24-10 victory after looking to bowl consecutive sweeps.
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After the game, Tedesco said he and his teammates wanted to “take pride in the jersey again”.
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“Firstly I just want to thank the Queensland boys for the series, they were very good for us in the first two games, thanks to you guys, thanks for the series,” he said.
“Thank you to all the NSW fans for coming out tonight. We wanted to be proud of the jersey again and get your win, I’m glad I could.
“Disappointing to lose the first two, but I want to thank my team, the staff of the series, obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted today, going down in the first two games, but we fought hard tonight to win. I’m looking forward to next year.
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