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Sport Billy Slater man of the series despite missing a game, Maroons losing

19:30  11 july  2018
19:30  11 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater

  NSW have 'out-Origined' Qld: Slater New Queensland captain Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this year but believes his side can spark a revival by claiming game three.For years Queensland may have set the State of Origin benchmark but Billy Slater admits NSW have "out-Origined" his side this series as the Maroons look to avoid a rare whitewash.

Baffling call: Billy Slater was awarded the player of the series despite missing a game and the Maroons losing 2-1. Even the man of the moment conceded he was taken aback by the twin honours. ‘‘I only played two games ,’’ he said. ‘

Billy has been a sensational player but fair dinkum how can you make him player of the series .Daley & Lockyer have made a really poor decision. Whomever the idiot was who awarded the medal, hadn't watched any of the games , no Qlder deserved any medals for anything, especially Slater !

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Even Billy Slater looked stunned when he heard the news. Man of the match? That was at least feasable, although Queensland had some good ones at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

But man of the series? Slater had barely stepped away from the microphone when he was called back. He wasn't the only one that was stunned when he was named the recipient of the Wally Lewis Medal.

Even the man of the moment conceded he was taken aback by the twin honours.

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Retiring Queensland State of Origin legend Billy Slater has won the coveted player of the series medal - despite only playing in two of his team's three games and the Maroons losing to New South

The legendary fullback looked as shocked as anyone when he was announced as the winner of the Wally Lewis Medal.Even Billy Slater looked stunned when he heard Man of the match? That was at least feasable, although Queensland had some good ones at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night.

‘‘I only played two games,’’ he said. ‘‘It was a little bit surprising. I’ve always been confident in what I can bring to a team, and that’s all I want to do. I felt like I did that tonight.

"To have another Wally Lewis Medal in my last game, to lead the boys out as captain, it’s going to be very special.’’

He wasn’t the only one who was stunned by the decision.

Baffling call: Billy Slater was awarded the player of the series despite missing a game and the Maroons losing 2-1. © AAP Baffling call: Billy Slater was awarded the player of the series despite missing a game and the Maroons losing 2-1.

NSW had the series wrapped up by the time it came to Suncorp Stadium and a number of their leading lights looked a good bet to be given the honour of the best player over three games.

James Maloney, Boyd Cordner and James Tedesco came to mind. So did Damien Cook, the Rabbitohs hooker who was excellent again in the 18-12 defeat in Brisbane.

Slater outpolled for Origin medal: Lockyer

  Slater outpolled for Origin medal: Lockyer Queensland champion Billy Slater has become the first player to claim the Wally Lewis medal from the losing side of a State of Origin series.Kangaroos selector Darren Lockyer has defended the decision to crown Billy Slater the best player of this year's State of Origin series despite playing in just two of the three matches.

Billy Slater won the Man of the match twice in tournament for his performance in both games . Playing his first NRL final series appearance since 2014 ( despite missing the 2015 and 2016 play-offs due to ^ " Maroons Face Nightmare of Losing Both Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk For Decider".

But man of the series ? Billy Slater finished with 136 metres, three line break assists and a try assist in State of Origin III as he claimed the Wally Lewis Medal. But few, if any, would have picked Slater , especially since he only played the second and third games of the series after missing game one

But few, if any, would have picked Slater, especially since he only played the second and third games of the series after missing game one with a hamstring injury. He would be the first player on a losing team to be given the medal, which was first awarded in 2004.

Queensland lost the second and while Slater was good in game three, many thought Daly Cherry-Evans was the best on the park as he expertly guided the Maroons to a face-saving win.

The award is picked by Australian selectors Darren Lockyer and Laurie Daley, which input from Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga. They will surely be asked to explain their reasoning given the raft of outstanding performances from the team that won the interstate series.

Slater had earlier paid tribute to his team-mates and those that had helped shape his Origin career. It was hardly his fault that it would end in strange circumstances but questions have to be asked about the metrics that go into such a decision.

Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater

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Retiring Queensland State of Origin legend Billy Slater has won the coveted player of the series medal - despite only playing in two of his team's three games and the Maroons losing to New South Wales.

Slater unfazed by critics over man of the series award. Slater was named player of the series despite only featuring in two of those games – one of which Queensland lost – and appeared to be surprised by the honour.

Blues coach Brad Fittler said he couldn’t begrudge Slater leaving with the Wally Lewis Medal. But he doubted it was for his performances across the 2018 series.

‘‘I can live with the fact Billy takes the medal away,’’ Fittler said. ‘‘I don’t know if it was for the two games he played in this series. There were a few guys in our team I thought played very well. I can live with him taking away a medal. But it was more than for this series.’’

Fittler said he thought Tom Trbojevic was a standout for NSW before shutting down any further questions on the subject.

‘‘That’s enough on Billy. How about we leave that alone,’’ the NSW coach said.

Cordner was gracious on stage as he received the Shield in front of an away crowd, a tradition that must surely be condemned to the past after this year.

He thanked his players, who defended like their lives depended on it, and said he was proud to have been part of a group that has helped breathe life back into the jersey and the rivalry.

"For you guys back home in NSW, over the years we haven't had too much success. But every year the support seems to get more and more and it goes to show what our state is all about," Cordner said.

"I'm proud to be a New South Welshman."

Bellamy calls out Channel 9 Melbourne for not showing Slater post game .
Craig Bellamy says sports fans across Victoria were disappointed to not see Billy Slater honoured after game three of State of Origin.Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has said Channel Nine in Melbourne let down NRL fans by not showing the post game presentations from State of Origin on Wednesday night.

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