Renowned Maroons bad guy Josh McGuire directed an expletive-filled, verbal tirade towards NSW winger Blake Ferguson during half-time of Origin III, with David Klemmer soon greeting the confrontation.
McGuire has long been the Blues’ public enemy No.1 and soon took it upon himself to deliver an abusive earful to Ferguson, leaving the Blues camp and officials agitated after the sledge, yet remaining tight-lipped on the situation.
Klemmer was quick to interrupt the interrogation on his teammate, bumping into the shoulder of McGuire before soon asking if there was a problem.
“I don’t know what was actually said, all I could hear was all these profanities,” Klemmer said.
“I bumped into him and said, ‘Mate, what’s going on?’, and he said, ‘I’m not into you, I’m into Fergo’.
“He didn’t get too much into me. I said, ‘Let’s just play some footy’. He was trying to get stuck into Fergo’. At end of day, we got the win.”
Ferguson also looked to leave what was said outside of the game’s script.
“I didn’t really hear it to be honest,” Ferguson said. “It was a little bit of yapping in my ear.”
“What happens on the field stays on the field… I was too in the moment. The crowd was louder than him.”
Ferguson and McGuire met as both sides looked to exit the pitch, with NSW winger Tom Trbojevic managing to keep McGuire at arm’s length. The Maroons lock continued to hurl abuse at Ferguson, who managed to remain restrained.
Following the final siren, Ferguson and McGuire went on to exchange words with the Blues winger telling the Cowboy forward words to the effect of “don’t you ever say that shit again or I will f…ing drop ya.”
Ferguson had the last laugh, coming up with a big play and run to set up James Tedesco for the series-winning try with seconds to spare.