Blake Ferguson of the NSW Blues during game one of the 2017 State of Origin series.
Blake Ferguson of the NSW Blues during game one of the 2017 State of Origin series. DAVE HUNT

The moment that reduced Blake Ferguson to tears

IT was the day a tough rugby league star shed tears in public.

There was Blake Ferguson watching NSW famously win the 2014 State of Origin series while having a quiet beer at The Regent bar in Sydney.

Ferguson missed the 2014 season - and Origin glory - after being deregistered by the NRL for a series of off-field indiscretions during his time at the Canberra Raiders.

He knew the Blues had to prevent Queensland racking up a ninth straight year of interstate dominance. And they did.

Ferguson felt tears of joy - and relief - roll down on his cheeks in front of other bar patrons. He wasn't embarrassed. Just proud.

And the big Rooster will cry more tears of joy this Wednesday night should NSW beat Queensland to secure the series.

Ferguson remembered the bittersweet feeling of watching the Blues register their triumph three years ago.

"I was at a pub. The Regent in Sydney. I ended up having a couple of beers. It was really good to finally see the boys win," he said.

"In the end, I went home because I was crying. I had never seen NSW win. I cried, hey. For me, it was like, 'Oh my god, the boys have finally done it.' It was something pretty special for me to see.

"I had come to terms with that (being deregistered) already. It was more for the state and the boys, they all ripped in.

"It was good to see all the boys emotional after the game. Hopefully we can emulate that."

Ferguson has never won an Origin series. That could all be about to change.

"The last 10 years, watching Queensland win, even as a young kid, it's pretty upsetting," he said.

"Origin is always a dream. It's a big achievement you want to try and fulfil. For us as a group, internally, we want to do ourselves proud and our families proud. We are confident we can get the job done.

"They lost in game one so that demanded changes. The guys that are coming in, Thurston, Slater, they are form players who have been playing for their state for a long time.

"They deserve that opportunity again. But all we are worried about is us and playing the best game we can individually."

News Corp Australia


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