Rugby League Players Define the Meaning of Commitment in State of Origin
If I am completely honest Rugby League falls a little way down my list of favourite sports. But the State of Origin is something different. Last night once again proved that this is one if the best sporting matches worldwide. The commitment of both teams to their cause is unbelievable. Many sports people and coaches in particular, talk about giving 110%, well if that’s the case these guys give 1,010%
New South Wales have had it tough in recent years with Queensland dominating the event. But they came out with all guns firing last night and when it looked like they had Queensland beaten, the Maroons came back even harder. The Blues held out to win 16-12 but who knows how?
It was reported as the biggest Sydney audience in the history of OzTAM ratings for any program on the Nine Network and there were over 83,000 in the stadium. I am sure every single one of them will be back for the next round in Brisbane.
Foxsports got the views of another Union man, Wales lock Bradley Davies.
Davies, who received a 12-week ban this year for a crude off-the-ball spear tackle, however, relished the brutality of Wednesday night's State of Origin rugby league match as NSW held off Queensland.
“They're just full at it … it was great and exciting to watch,” he said.
“Someone clobbers you across the jaw and you just get up and play the ball again.”
Davies has vowed to tone down his own aggression after he tipped Ireland forward Donnacha Ryan on his head in the opening game of the Six Nations tournament in February.
He was slapped with a maximum 12-week ban, with a five-week discount for a guilty plea and previous good record.
The tackle cost him a place in Wales' Six Nations grand slam and he only returned for his 34th cap in last week's first Test loss to the Wallabies in Brisbane.
He admitted it was frustrating watching his teammates scoop the Six Nations, but he's learned from his ugly rush of blood.
“I won't tip no one on their head ever again. You've got to be careful and what I did was obviously a silly, stupid thing and I lived to regret it,” he said…More at Wales lock goes gaga for Origin
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Game Three of the 2012 State of Origin Series will be played at Brisbane‘s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday, July 4. Wales will face the Wallabies in the second Wales Tour Test in Melbourne on Saturday. I won't be missing either of them and I strongly suggest that you don't either.
By Max Power