Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns said exactly what NRL fans were thinking when he poked fun of TV colleague Darren Lockyer during Wednesday night’s State of Origin dead-rubber.
Johns was heard ripping off Lockyer before his studio microphone was turned off at the end of a segment where the live Channel 9 broadcast cut to Lockyer on the ground at Cbus Super Stadium to interview Blues star Latrell Mitchell following Queensland’s Game 3 win over NSW.
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Lockyer and fellow Queensland legend Cameron Smith were seen wearing leather gloves as they interviewed players after the full time siren had sounded — leaving them at the mercy of meme-creating fans.
The strange fashion accessory was the target of plenty jokes on social media, but Johns may have accidentally given the best one.
As Lockyer prepared to ask his first question to Mitchell, Johns could be heard saying: “Look at him, the Boston Strangler”.
Channel 9 appeared to put their entire Gold Coast-based commentary, including Paul Vautin, team in their state’s iconic maroon colours with a black suit and — for some — latex gloves.
Darren Lockyer on Channel 9.Source:Channel 9
Cameron Smith’s ensemble. Photo: @axiomega.Source:Twitter
It was not even the only time the star-studded commentary team has been caught out by live mic mishaps this Origin series.
Maroons legend Vautin was heard appearing to write Queensland off after a humiliating loss in Game 2.
Vautin was ready to call the series off while the Maroons players were still on the field at the end of Game 2 when he appeared to speak out of turn on the Channel 9 broadcast, with his microphone cut seconds later.
“They may as well call off the third (game),” Vautin said as the broadcast returned to the studio inside Suncorp Stadium.
State of Origin: After missing the first two games of Origin, Kalyn Ponga made a return for Game 3 and had a cracker of a performance to lead to the Maroons first win of the s…
State of Origin: After missing the first two games of Origin, Kalyn Ponga made a return for Game 3 and had a cracker of a performance to lead to the Maroons first win of the series.
The TV dramas were mirrored on the field on a night of controversy.
The series dead-rubber ended in a thriller with Queensland emerging victorious on the back of a sizzling performance from Dragons star Ben Hunt.
There was high drama even before kick-off with the Queensland team booed as they walked onto the field to begin their pre-match warm-up drills.
The Blues were cheered as they made their own entry onto the stadium surface a few minutes later.
By the end of the game, Queensland’s courageous 20-18 comeback win had the crowd giving them a standing ovation.
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