Robbie Farrah says late mum would be smiling at win
NSW and Tigers hooker Robbie Farah declared he'd never wanted anything more in his rugby league career than winning a State of Origin series.
Speaking in the raw emotion of the Blue's drought-breaking 6-4 victory in front of 83,000 delirious NSW fans at ANZ Stadium, Farah said he had been unable to stop thinking about this moment all week.
His emotions were fuelled by memories of his mother Sonia, who passed away from cancer a few days after he'd made a remarkable 63 tackles in the second Origin game in 2012.
"I'm sure she would have a big smile on her face right now," said an elated Farah who had an incredible 115 touches and made a telling 57 tackles.
Winning NSW captain Paul Gallen (183m and 37 tackles), who had experienced some shattering Origins during Queensland's record eight straight streak, rated the gusty victory as "definitely the highlight of my career.
"I'm experiencing so many emotions," he said. "One of them is definitely relief.
"Queensland have been blessed with an awesome group of players and to stop their eight series run, I am just so happy."
"We wanted to win more than them, we showed so much guts and determination."
Forward warrior Greg Bird, who missed the Blue's 12-8 first game win through suspension, revelled in the constant niggled which marred the clash, said it was an unbelievable feeling to finally be part of a series win.
"I've never won a grand final so this is unbelievable." He said.
NSW forward Aaron Woods, who struggled for breath at times, was adamant after the win that he hadn't touched a the Queensland kick-off after the re-start following Trent Hodkinson's match-winning try that gave the Blues a crucial penalty.
"I didn't touch it mate," he told Channel 9.
Replays however left a fair bit of doubt as NSW took a quick penalty kick from halfway before the decision could be over turned.
Three players were put on report, Manly forward Anthony Watmough for a dangerous throw on Nate Myles early in the second half and rival five-eighths, Josh Reynolds and Johnathan Thurston, after they clashed heads in one of many running battles during the spiteful battle.
The win was a triumph for Laurie Daley, only the second NSW player, captain and coach after Balmain great Wayne Pearce to win a series.
While shattered by the loss, Thurston claimed another Origin record, passing current coach and former Queensland icon Mal Meninga's all-time scoring mark with his 162 point with his second goal.
NSW will now attempt to assert their dominance with their first series clean sweep over Queensland since embarrassing them 56-6 in the third game in 2000.