QUEENSLAND lost the fight but won the war -- its 10th State of Origin victory in 11 years -- but New South Wales' Paul Gallen has frustrated Maroons by turning his back on the winning side as they claimed victory.
Star players including Jonathan Thurston and coach Kevin Walters both called out NSW captain Paul Gallen and his side for being "disrespectful" after they took a victory walk while Queensland captain Cam Smith was collecting the Origin shield.
NSW won the match 18-14 but lost the series.
Thurston came out strong against the behaviour, even as attempted to avoid a "slanging match".
"I don't want to get into a slanging match here but it was pretty disrespectful," Thurston said.
"I think that typifies what that team is about.
"I think it is disrespectful to walk off while our captain speaks.
"But at the end of the day we will hold the shield for another 12 months.'
The gesture also follows Gallen calling Queensland "bad winners" ahead of Wednesday night's match, Gallen's final.
"I'll say one thing about Queenslanders -- I think they're bad winners to be honest with you," he said on the night.
"That's not so much the players, I'm talking about the people up there in general to be honest with you, but as I said they've got the runs on the scoreboard so we can't change it."
Walters -- an Origin legend in his own right -- described it as "extremely disrespectful".
Smith himself said he noticed the Blues walking away but "I'll decide in the morning what I think of that"'.
Gallen didn't help things, and may have even ignited more Queensland ire, by saying he "didn't even notice" when Smith was speaking after the ceremony.
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