This Is The Most Perfect Example Of Trolling We've Ever Seen
The first thing the NSW Blues won last night was the State of Origin series. The second?
They won the trolling competition, and they weren't even nasty about it.
It's all to do with a picture that the NSW Blues posted on Twitter of halfback Mitchell Pearce holding the Origin shield after the Blues wrapped up Game III, beating Queensland 26-20 with a thrilling last-minute try.
Pearce, of course, has been a much-maligned player at this level. He'd played 18 Origins before last night, but never been part of a series win. No player from either state has played so often, with so little success.
Queensland knew it too. They just didn't rate him.
And in 2015 -- when Pearce played his last game for NSW (before last night's recall) in yet another losing side, legendary Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston reminded him of his poor record.
During the deciding match at Suncorp Stadium, Thurston told Pearce he should go and stand next to the statue of Immortal Queenslander Wally Lewis outside the stadium, because that's the closest he'd ever get to holding the shield.
Oh yeah? Well as we now know, that's not quite how history panned out.
For the record, Pearce didn't have the greatest match last night, but he was instrumental in the match-sealing try for NSW.
With the match poised at 20-all and seemingly destined for extra time with under a minute on the clock, he threw a daring floating pass out wide.
We all know what happened next.
Yes, NSW completed a stunning backline move on the right flank, player-of-the-series James Tedesco scored the series-sealing try, and nobody went and stood near any statues -- least of all, Mitchell Pearce.