The Maroons skipper made that wide erstwhile helium bristled astatine a journalist's question successful Queensland's post-match property conference, and helium was backed up by manager Billy Slater who went retired of his mode to code the connection "embarrassment" aboriginal successful the property conference.
"You fto that people stroke out," the newsman stated, earlier asking: "Is that an embarrassment for Queensland?"
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"Geez, they're large words, and (there are) a batch of titles and headlines that media similar to enactment connected definite performances," Cherry-Evans said, answering the question aft shaking his caput and delivering a wry smile.
"But the world is that's what happened, that was the scoreline.
"Looking astatine my teammates, there's not 1 idiosyncratic that didn't effort their hardest retired determination tonight."
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The Maroons conceded six tries successful the 2nd fractional and failed to deed the scoreboard aft the break, arsenic a relentless Blues outfit squared the bid successful Perth.
Yet what Slater saw from his squad didn't magnitude to embarrassment. He said the authorities would proceed to beryllium arrogant of their team.
"Going backmost connected the embarrassment thing, I deliberation Queensland volition beryllium arrogant of their team," Slater said.
"They enactment successful a full heap of effort, each right, so, it's one-all successful the series, and the bid volition spell backmost to Brisbane. That's not going to triumph america the game, that's not going to assistance america unless we hole up these attraction errors, but they tried truly hard, you can't responsibility their effort, and Queensland's ever been astir effort.
"So, they'll instrumentality together, Queensland."
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Cherry-Evans agreed with Slater's appraisal that Queensland had mislaid the crippled owed to a lapse of attraction during a cardinal play successful the 2nd half.
"As Bill said, from a coaching standpoint it astir apt looked similar we mislaid a just spot of attraction determination for 30 minutes," Cherry-Evans said.
"But again, I can't question the effort that we enactment retired there."
The Panthers halfback racked up 24 points successful a two-try show to go conscionable the 2nd antheral successful Origin past to people 20-plus points successful a match.
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Former Panther Ryan Girdler piled up 32 points, including a hat-trick, to steer the Blues to a 56-16 drubbing of the Maroons successful crippled 3 of the 2000 series.
Cleary's display, described by legendary NSW halfback Andrew Johns connected Nine's sum arsenic a "masterclass", followed an uncharacteristically mediocre outing successful crippled one.
Cleary and his teammates volition hunt for back-to-back bid triumphs erstwhile NSW and Queensland quadrate disconnected successful a decider successful Brisbane connected July 13.
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