The New South Wales media team unleashed a sly dig at Johnathan Thurston in light of comments he made about Mitchell Pearce. But the NSW half, was only happy to cop the criticism.
Recalled to the side for the decider, Pearce finally ended his longstanding misery in NSW blue.
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Pearce hadn’t played Origin football since 2017 and had failed to win a series until last night’s pulsating 26-20 victory.
His bad record in Origin had led to a whole heap of criticism and sly digs over the years.
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Thurston, though, perhaps delivered the most brutal.
“[Pearce] should probably get a photo with Wally’s statue [outside Suncorp Stadium] because that’s the closest he was going to get to holding the shield,” said Thurston.
The closest Mitchell Pearce will ever get to the #Origin shield 📸🥰#uptheblues pic.twitter.com/5vKl0FOOzP
But come full time, Pearce had his hands on the shield as a winner and Thurston had egg on his face.
Sensing their time to strike, the Blues Twitter account wrote: “The closest Mitchell Pearce will ever get to Origin shield.”
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Instead of adding to the bite at JT, Pearce delivered a classy response.
“Nah mate, JT has won more Origins than I’ll ever win, what a super player he was,” Pearce said.
“I’m just grateful to get this win and be a part of this. Queensland’s legacy – if we can do that, we’ll be very happy people.
“They set the benchmark in Origin.”
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