Update: 1:40AM IT WAS the face of a relieved man. After years of torture, Jarryd Hayne let it all out as the NSW Blues finally ended eight years of pain with a 6-4 State of Origin victory in game two to seal the series.
Barely able to speak as he broke down in tears, Hayne
gave an insight into the pressure and heartbreak he has suffered throughout his
"Ooh, it's been a long
time," a weeping Hayne told Blues great Andrew Johns on the Channel 9
"Oh, it's been a long
time. We fought hard. Whoah. Yes, son! Yes, son!
"We had to go to another level every game and
this is a team that from 1-17 we need them playing well.
"We made so many errors
tonight but we just D'd (defence) up and D'd up and D'd up and that's whats
Origin about. I can't explain it."
Blues coach Laurie Daley
chocked up as well as emotions took over the NSW boys.
"My heart is racing," Daley said.
"The crowd got behind us. They got us home.
"We were on the back foot
all night but the courage our guys showed in the first two games has been
If game one was among the
Origin classics, this one, visually, was among the worst of all time.
Fortunately, though, it was
history making and Blues fans will never forget it.
Did Woods touch it?
It's not State of Origin
without controversy. On the restart after Trent Hodkinson scored the go-ahead
try in the 72nd minute, Queensland kicked off and it was deemed to go out on
the full, gifting the ball to the Blues on the halfway line. But a closer
inspection appeared to show the ball brushing Woods jumper. What if the
Maroons had another chance with the ball?
Hodkinson the hero
Hardly a household name in Australia, many an
eyebrow was raised when Laurie Daley selected Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson
for State of Origin game one. But didn't he deliver. The little playmaker
produced the only try of the game the series winner with a show-and-go to
end the longest drought in Origin history.
The close call
On the stroke of halftime, Reynolds got a toe to a Daly
Cherry-Evans grubber moments before the Queensland playmaker regathered and
scored. Not long after the break, it was Jarryd Hayne who was the hero,
knocking the ball free as Sam Thaiday looked destined to score.
What a slap in the face
Cheeky Johnathan Thurston got in the face
of the Blues, literally, with a gentle slap of NSW backrower Beau Scott as he
played the ball in the 11th minute. It could have ended very badly for JT, as
Scott got up ready to throw punches. And Scott thought it was Cam Smith who
slapped him so wanted to take the Maroons skipper on. Fortunately for Thurston,
he was only hit with a penalty and Smith was unharmed.
So much niggle
The slap in the face was just the start of it. There were
elbows, throat holds, late hits... Both the NSW and Queensland sides were
guilty of the dirty stuff. Rugby league is renowned for its niggle, but this
was ridiculous. So much so that it took away from the ball playing.
In the 20th minute,
Blues skipper Paul Gallen blew up at five-eighth Josh Reynolds after he took it
upon himself to take a quick tap with NSW trailing 2-0 at the time. Gallen
wanted to take the two points and he was not happy. It was just one example of
the lack of cohesion for the Blues across the park.
Tate's career could be over
Queensland coach Mal Meninga
said he was fearing the worst with regard to a knee injury to long-serving
Maroons centre Brent Tate. He will undergo scans on Thursday to determine if he
requires a fourth knee reconstruction, which would leave the 32-year-old's
career in the balance.