‘Insulting’ spark for Joey’s post-Origin outburst

Andrew Johns has opened up on his controversial reaction to Queensland’s boilover State of Origin win on Wednesday night.

After lamenting he didn’t “articulate well enough” on Nine’s post-match coverage of Queensland’s 22-12 victory in Brisbane, Johns said the age-old storyline that Origin meant more to the Maroons was “insulting” and a “myth”.

The New South Wales legend also scoffed at those wanting a “vanilla” response and, pointing to the narrative that Origin meant more to Queensland, said: “It gets me so emotional”.

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Johns was widely panned as a sore loser and unprofessional for how he responded to Queensland’s win.

“Everything’s at stake. No tomorrow. It means so much to me,” a shattered Johns said.

“Those big moments (cost us), just the big moments.

“Now we have to listen to all the bullshit that you go on with for the next 12 months. It drives you mad.”

Johns, the last man to lead NSW to victory in a Brisbane decider, addressed his polarizing reaction on Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behavior.

“I probably didn’t articulate well enough because I was so broken inside. But that’s how I feel. I feel broken inside. It means that much to me,” Johns said.

“All I’ve wanted to do since I started playing footy was one, play for the Knights, and two, represent my state. The Blues jersey means everything to me.

“I find it insulting and a kick in the guts when they talk about their jersey meaning more to them. It gets me so emotional.

“Get them, all the halfbacks who have played for Queensland. (Daly) Cherry-Evans. ‘Does your jersey mean more than my jersey?’. And I know what the answer is. ‘No’.

“I said on the night — it’s bullshit, it’s all bullshit.

“Where was this ‘It means more to them’ (narrative) in Perth in the second half when we put on 30 points? I can show clips of guys walking when they were tired for Queensland, which is a sign that … does their jersey mean more to (them) when they’re walking and they’re running past and scoring?”

That was a reference to the Blues’ 44-12 thumping of the Maroons in Perth in game two.

After Queensland clinched a 16-10 win over NSW in Sydney in game one, Brad Fittler’s men struck back convincingly to send the series to a decider.

“It’s a myth,” Johns added.

“It is insulting to anyone who has bled and got injured and done everything they can for the NSW jersey when they’re playing.

“Usually it doesn’t come from the players and the ex-players. And look — the last couple of days I’ve spoken to some of the guys I used to play against. Gorden (Tallis) and Wendell (Sailor) and these guys. It doesn’t come from them; it comes from people outside who have no idea, have never been on the battlefield of Origin, would never survive out there. But they push this narrative which is total BS. It just drives me mad .

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“I can mention who I’m close to. Ben Kennedy — he would eat their throat to win. Paul Harragon — the depths he used to take himself leading into Origin but then playing Origin. What he would do to win. Danny Buderus, my great mate — the dark places I saw him go on the field and how busted he was, and (he’d) just keep playing.

“It just comes from people that have no idea. They have no idea. They think they know what it is, but they have no idea. No idea what it takes to get out there, firstly, and earn a jersey, but then to get out there on the battlefield and win.

“If it meant more, why don’t they win every series?”

Johns then singled out NSW’s 50-6 belting of Queensland in Townsville in the 2021 opener, spearheaded by a Tom Trbojevic hat-trick and Latrell Mitchell brilliance at left centre.

“It just gets tossed up when it suits them,” Johns said.

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The former NSW champion was standing beside Queensland icons Cameron Smith and Paul Vautin as he vented on the post-match coverage, but he insisted on Immortal Behavior that his anger wasn’t aimed at them.

“It’s just the last three days that’s all I’ve heard,” Johns added.

“They didn’t talk about the great kicking game or the defensive scramble of Queensland; it’s all about this narrative that it means more. We should be talking about their game plan and the incredible kicking game in the second half. I thought they were the better team on the night. They deserved to win. And in the second half, the way they defended, their kicking game was far superior, the early kicks and the way they defended that 16-12 lead. It was heroic.

“But we’re not talking about that. That’s what pisses me off.

“I couldn’t articulate after the game because it’s hard to describe how it breaks me inside.”

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