State of Origin 2022: Andrew Johns, NSW Blues, Queensland Maroons, Controversial Reaction, Immortal Behavior

Andrew Johns has opened up about his controversial reaction to Queensland’s boilover State of Origin victory on Wednesday night.

After lamenting that he did not “articulate well enough” about Nine’s post-match coverage of Queensland’s 22-12 victory in Brisbane, Johns said the age-old story that Origin meant more to the Maroons was “insulting” and a ” myth”.

The New South Wales legend also mocked those who wanted a “vanilla” response, pointing to the narrative that Origin meant more to Queensland, saying “It makes me so emotional”.

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Johns was widely regarded as a tough loser and unprofessional for how he reacted to Queensland’s victory.

“Everything is at stake. No tomorrow. It means so much to me,” said a crushed Johns.

“The big moments (cost us), just the big moments.

“Now we need to listen to all the bullshit you’re going on with for the next 12 months. It’s driving you crazy.”

Johns, the last man to lead NSW to victory in a Brisbane crucial, addressed his polarizing reaction to the Wide World of Sports’ Immortal behavior.

“I probably did not formulate myself well enough because I was so crushed inside. But that’s how I feel. I feel crushed inside. It means so much to me,” Johns said.

“All I have wanted to do since I started playing football was one, play for the Knights, and two, represent my state. The Blues jersey means everything to me.

“I think it’s insulting and a kick in the stomach when they talk about their shirt meaning more to them. It makes me so emotional.

“Get them, all the half-backs who have played for Queensland. (Daly) Cherry-Evans. ‘Does your jersey mean more than my jersey?’. And I know what the answer is. ‘No.’

“I said in the evening – it’s shit, it’s all shit.

“Where was this ‘It means more to them’ (narrative) in Perth in the second half when we put 30 points on? I can show clips of guys who went when they were tired of Queensland, which is a sign that that … does their jersey mean more to (them) when they go and they run past and score? “

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

After Queensland won a 16-10 victory over NSW in Sydney in the first match, Brad Fittler’s men struck back convincingly to send the series to a decision.

“It’s a myth,” Johns added.

“It is insulting to anyone who has bled and been injured and done everything they can for the NSW jersey when they play.

“Usually it does not come from the players and ex-players. And look – the last few days I’ve talked to some of the guys I used to play against. Gorden (Tallis) and Wendell (Sailor) and these guys. It does not come from them; it comes from people outside who have no idea, have never been on the battlefield of origin, would never survive out there. But they push this narrative, which is total BS. It just drives me crazy.

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“I can name who I’m close to. Ben Kennedy – he would eat their throats to win. Paul Harragon – the depths he used to take himself, leading to Origin, but then playing Origin. What he would do for to win.Danny Buderus, my great partner – the dark places where I saw him walk the field and how busty he was and (he would) just keep playing.It’s an insult to them all.

“It just comes from people who have no idea. They have no idea. They think they know what it is, but they have no idea. No idea what it takes to get out there first and earn a living. sweater, but then to get out there on the battlefield and wind.

“If that meant more, then why don’t they win every series?”

Johns then designated NSW’s 50-6 lead in Queensland, Townsville in the opening in 2021, with a hat-trick from Tom Trbojevic and Latrell Mitchell brilliance in the left center.

“It just gets thrown up when it suits them,” Johns said.

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The former NSW champion stood next to Queensland icons Cameron Smith and Paul Vautin as he gave expiration over the cover after the match, but he insisted on Immortal behavior that his anger was not directed against them.

“It’s just the last three days, that’s all I’ve heard,” Johns added.

“They did not talk about the big kicking game or the defensive game in Queensland; it is about this story that it means more. We should talk about their game plan and the incredible kicking game in the second half. I thought they were the better team of the evening. They deserved to win.And in the second half, the way they defended was their kicking game far superior, the early kicks and the way they defended the 16-12 lead.It was heroic.

“But we’re not talking about that. That’s what makes me angry.

“I could not articulate myself after the match because it’s hard to describe how it breaks me inside.”

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