Earlier in the week, I stated this was a crazy origin series and would likely end in crazy fashion.
It could be argued that game three was anything but unpredictable with the hugely favoured Blues looking on track for a big win before the inevitable comeback from underdogs QLD.
The crazy part came due to the fact it was NSW who crossed for the last minute winner.
The usual script is a ridiculous, off the cuff Maroons try sealing an almost impossible win.
What looked like it could be a fairly bland series was decided with the final play of game three.
Below we take a look at some of the series biggest talking points:
Freddy got it all right:
Designs have surely started for the statue of Brad Fittler following his second straight series win as Blues coach.
Freddy took some big risks but everything he touched turned to gold.
His series of big risks before game two turned the series and his decision to recall the much-maligned Mitchell Pearce and Blake Ferguson ultimately delivered series honours.
Fittler is a usual coach with some unusual methods but he has now lead the Blues to two straight series wins.
Name one other coach who, with the series on the line, would have the mettle to drop Latrell Mitchell!?
Fittler has now delivered consecutive series as a player and a coach.
There’s a genuine argument that he’s the greatest Blue of all time.
Kevvie stays on:
One of the major questions coming out of Origin Three was whether or not Kevin Walters would be at the helm of his beloved Maroons again in 2020.
The man himself put rumours of a Titans gig to rest when he stated he’d be there next year.
On paper, two straight series wins may not guarantee his job moving forward but the Maroons legend got them closer than they probably had any right to be.
At almost $4 to win Wednesday night’s game in some markets, everyone predicted an easy Blues win.
That’s just not the way it goes at origin level but a less keen QLD side gets beaten by 18+ on Wednesday night.
Walters made the monster call to move the games premier number six to fullback and it almost delivered series success.
Following the Origin Two stunning this game could have been little more than a formality if Walters didn’t have his players primed.
Even in the face of rumours that Wayne Bennett wants the job next year id be shocked if Walters were forced out of the role.
Injuries strike again:
The biggest negative re Origin is the almost inevitable injuries that occur when 34 of the games elite clash.
Cronulla has lost Wade Graham for four weeks after enjoying less than 120 minutes of their biggest difference maker since his return from injury.
Others will be either rested or miss out this weekend due to injuries picked up or aggregated across the series.
It happens every year. The origin period is awesome but disruptive.
Souths haven’t won a game in the origin period.
They’re not the only club glad it’s over and full focus returns to the week to week stuff.
Next year’s series:
Talk has already started re Origin 2020.
Can QLD end the mini dominance of the new look Blues?
Will Wayne Bennett return to the top job to return the Maroons to the promised Land?
Those are questions for waaaay into the future.
It’s a long time between drinks for Walters and his warriors to attempt to make amends.
Start of a new era?:
It happens literally any time a sporting team wins a second straight major event.
According to some fans and pundits, the new era of Origin is upon up and it’s sky blue.
A dynasty so strong that it will kill the very Origin concept.
We’ve heard it all before but hyperbole reigns after two straight wins.
Two series decided by less than 10 points. Two series without a clean sweep. One series which went to a decider.
Qld fans, I wouldn’t worry too much. Anything can happen in 12 months.
Maybe there will be a dynasty with Fittler at the helm but QLD won’t have a game two effort in next year’s event.
Great fun to speculate though.
What a series! There’s nothing quite like Origin.