State of Origin 2022: Andrew Johns, NSW Blues, Queensland Maroons, controversial reaction, Immortal Behaviour


Andrew Johns has opened up on his controversial reaction to Queensland’s boilover State of Origin win on Wednesday evening.

After lamenting he did not “articulate nicely sufficient” on 9’s post-match protection of Queensland’s 22-12 victory in Brisbane, Johns mentioned the age-old storyline that Origin meant extra to the Maroons was “insulting” and a “fantasy”.

The New South Wales legend additionally scoffed at these wanting a “vanilla” response and, pointing to the narrative that Origin meant extra to Queensland, mentioned: “It will get me so emotional”.

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Johns was broadly panned as a sore loser and unprofessional for a way he responded to Queensland’s win.

“Every part’s at stake. No tomorrow. It means a lot to me,” a shattered Johns mentioned.

“These massive moments (value us), simply the large moments.

“Now we have now to hearken to all of the bullshit that you just go on with for the subsequent 12 months. It drives you mad.”

Johns, the final man to guide NSW to victory in a Brisbane decider, addressed his polarising response on Vast World of Sports activities’ Immortal Behaviour.

“I most likely did not articulate nicely sufficient as a result of I used to be so damaged inside. However that is how I really feel. I really feel damaged inside. It implies that a lot to me,” Johns mentioned.

“All I’ve wished to do since I began enjoying footy was one, play for the Knights, and two, signify my state. The Blues jersey means every part to me.

“I discover it insulting and a kick within the guts after they discuss their jersey that means extra to them. It will get me so emotional.

“Get them, all of the halfbacks who’ve performed for Queensland. (Daly) Cherry-Evans. ‘Does your jersey imply greater than my jersey?’. And I do know what the reply is. ‘No’.

“I mentioned on the evening — it is bullshit, it is all bullshit.

“The place was this ‘It means extra to them’ (narrative) in Perth within the second half once we placed on 30 factors? I can present clips of fellows strolling after they have been drained for Queensland, which is an indication that … does their jersey imply extra to (them) after they’re strolling and so they’re operating previous and scoring?”

That was a reference to the Blues’ 44-12 thumping of the Maroons in Perth in game two.

After Queensland clinched a 16-10 win over NSW in Sydney in game one, Brad Fittler’s males struck again convincingly to ship the collection to a decider.

“It is a fantasy,” Johns added.

“It’s insulting to anybody who has bled and acquired injured and accomplished every part they’ll for the NSW jersey after they’re enjoying.

“Often it would not come from the gamers and the ex-players. And look — the final couple of days I’ve spoken to among the guys I used to play in opposition to. Gorden (Tallis) and Wendell (Sailor) and these guys. It would not come from them; it comes from individuals exterior who don’t know, have by no means been on the battlefield of Origin, would by no means survive on the market. However they push this narrative which is complete BS. It simply drives me mad.

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“I can point out who I am near. Ben Kennedy — he would eat their throat to win. Paul Harragon — the depths he used to take himself main into Origin however then enjoying Origin. What he would do to win. Danny Buderus, my nice mate — the darkish locations I noticed him go on the sphere and the way busted he was, and (he’d) simply maintain enjoying. It is an insult to all of them.

“It simply comes from those that don’t know. They don’t know. They assume they know what it’s, however they don’t know. No concept what it takes to get on the market, firstly, and earn a jersey, however then to get on the market on the battlefield and win.

“If it meant extra, why do not they win each collection?”

Johns then singled out NSW’s 50-6 belting of Queensland in Townsville in the 2021 opener, spearheaded by a Tom Trbojevic hat-trick and Latrell Mitchell brilliance at left centre.

“It simply will get tossed up when it fits them,” Johns mentioned.

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The previous NSW champion was standing beside Queensland icons Cameron Smith and Paul Vautin as he vented on the post-match protection, however he insisted on Immortal Behaviour that his anger wasn’t aimed toward them.

“It is simply the final three days that is all I’ve heard,” Johns added.

“They did not speak concerning the nice kicking sport or the defensive scramble of Queensland; it is all about this narrative that it means extra. We needs to be speaking about their sport plan and the unimaginable kicking sport within the second half. I assumed they have been the higher staff on the evening. They deserved to win. And within the second half, the best way they defended, their kicking sport was far superior, the early kicks and the best way they defended that 16-12 lead. It was heroic.

“However we’re not speaking about that. That is what pisses me off.

“I could not articulate after the sport as a result of it is exhausting to explain the way it breaks me inside.”

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