One of the great moments in Origin III took place at half-time when Josh McGuire gave Blake Ferguson a expletive-filled spray, only to be greeted on the sideline by David Klemmer.
McGuire has long been Queensland's chief antagonist and took it upon himself to give Ferguson a tongue lashing that lasted more than a minute.
Repeat offender: Josh McGuire tried to get under the Blues’ skin at half-time on Wednesday night.Credit:AAP
Ferguson was also happy to forget about McGuire's spray.
"What happens on the field stays on the field,'' Ferguson said. "I couldn't really hear him. I was too in the moment. The crowd was louder than him.''
Standing up for Ferguson is another reason Klemmer is so loved by his teammates and supporters alike.
The towering prop confirmed he received a painkiller in his broken wrist, but was confident he would back up for the Knights against his former club Canterbury on Friday night.
The biggest satisfaction for Klemmer was seeing Mitchell Pearce's smile as the NSW halfback sat by himself afterwards with the trophy, which had eluded him for seven previous Origin series.
"I can't praise Pearcey enough, he's someone I look up to and I'm so proud of,'' Klemmer said.
"What he has been through in this arena, he's always been so heavily criticised, but to see him with that smile, it was pretty special. That last pass by him to set up the win, he deserved it.''
Meanwhile, the Blues belted out their new team song, which was a spin-off of John Williamson's True Blue.
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