Blues star Jarome Luai has been caught on camera again showing his Maroons opposition no respect.
The Panthers playmaker is a perfect 2-0 at State of Origin level as he and teammate Nathan Cleary steered NSW to a historic humiliation of Queensland in Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium.
The Blues cantered to a 26-0 win, setting a series of damning records in a combined 76-6 scoreline across the two games of the series.
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Luai’s brash on-field behaviour has received criticism this year, leading to suggestions his Penrith team is “arrogant”, while his clear disdain for his Origin opposition ruffled Queensland’s feathers following the series opener.
An image emerged after the series opener showing Luai standing over Felise Kaufusi and roaring, which reportedly led some Queenslanders to question if his confidence was tipping over to arrogance.
His aggressive nature was spotted again late in Game 2 when the Blues wildly celebrated winger Brian To’o phenomenal try-saving tackle on Kyle Feldt.
Feldt was just two metres from the try line when he picked up a grubber kick from Daly Cherry-Evans but was stopped miraculously by To’o who knocked the ball out of his hands.
As Feldt was getting back to his feet and Blues teammates raced in to pounce on To’o, Luai was spotted waving his finger in Feldt’s face, in a disrespectful drive by.
Only just noticed this brilliant moment from Jarome Luai after Brian To'o's brilliant try-saver on Kyle Feldt. #Originpic.twitter.com/CPqNm8v3P0
It comes after Maroons greats bristled over his Game 1 antics.
Luai refused to apologise for his shouting at Kaufusi and said he was happy for it to put a target on his back.
The moment had been described by some as Luai “berating” Kaufusi.
His decision to take it to another level in Game 2 was symbolic of the Blues invincibility.
To’o’s try-saver was equalled earlier by Tom Trbojevic’s epic try-saving push on Xavier Coates as he dived for the line.
It showed the stark difference between the two teams.
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Jarome Luai mugging off Kyle Feldt. Photo: Kayo.Source:Supplied
“Protecting your try line like your life depends on it is everything Origin is built on,” Queensland legend Cooper Cronk said.
“Everyone can play when the ball is in your favour, but can you win moments when you don’t have the ball? And NSW have come up trumps all night.”
Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans even admitted in the post-match press conference that NSW showed a lot more hunger than his side, despite facing an embarrassing 2-0 result.
The performance of Cleary and Luai will leave Kangaroos selectors upset by Luai’s declaration earlier this year that he wants to represent Samoa at international level.
Cleary is certain to be selected as the starting halfback for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, while Cherry-Evans and even Cameron Munster are suddenly in danger of being overlooked completely.
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