Sport Comment: Billy Slater gets the farewell he deserves as Maroons build to 2019

22:08  11 july  2018
22:08  11 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Melbourne Storm star will bid farewell to the Maroons as skipper, named captain as Queensland try to avoid a 3-0 series defeat. New South Wales last completed a series whitewash in 2000. Queensland: 1. Billy Slater , 2.Valentine Holmes WOWtv - Madonna to headline Glastonbury in 2019 ?

But it still didn't stop Walters from urging his battling Maroons to farewell their new skipper in style as they look to avoid a whitewash in July 11's "Regardless of the result of Origin III, Billy is a winner," he said. "I think the other 16 players in this team owe Billy Slater a send-off that is just right for Billy .

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It took just a few minutes for Billy Slater to be reminded that State of Origin doesn’t get easier.

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On his first return of the night, he was collected by the shoulder of Latrell Mitchell and sent sprawling.

Mitchell hadn’t shown an ounce of respect for his opposite number Will Chambers this series, in the best possible way, and neither was Slater going to be a protected species, even on his home turf.

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in the once-mighty Maroons as they also seek a fitting farewell for another great, Billy Slater . While Slater rues missing one final chance to run out with Inglis, he is determined to inspire the But Walters knows it can get worse. The Maroons are at risk of suffering just a fourth series clean sweep

It felt like eras colliding.

Mitchell has already imposed himself on this series. Slater was desperate for one final say before bidding his farewells to a crowd of almost 52,000, many there to give him his deserved dues.

Cameron Smith was honoured pre-match but this was always going to be Slater’s night. He was given the honour of captaining the side but wanted more than anything to play well – and to win. Both boxes would be ticked.

Slater fell to his haunches at full-time, with Queensland holding off a late rush from NSW to cling on 18-12. It didn’t feel like a dead rubber. They never really do. The Blues deserved the series but Slater deserved the moment.

Fitting farewell: Billy Slater and his wife Nicole.© AAP Fitting farewell: Billy Slater and his wife Nicole. ‘‘Wow. It was a great Origin. They’re a tough side. I was just really happy for our boys. I’m just really happy,’’ Slater told his close mate and former teammate Darren Lockyer after the game.

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‘‘It was a privilege to run out first. The first time leading them out ... it was a special moment.’’Slater would beat Daly Cherry-Evans for man of the match. Given the halfback’s exceptional return, it may have been a decision tinged with some emotion. Still, nobody was going to take it away.

A try would have been a bonus and it looked for all money like he’d jagged before the smoke from the fireworks had cleared the field. He leaped for a Cherry-Evans kick, bobbled it in his arms and crossed to hear the referee send it upstairs as a try. They weren’t reading the same script.

Bunker officials would overturn it to deprive Slater of the icing on his cake. But he was as influential as ever throughout and helped his side springboard into 2019 with some momentum.

Down 2-0 in the series, this was always going to be a far more important match for the home side, no matter how much the Blues wanted to produce a clean sweep.

Spots were on the line and players responded.

Cherry-Evans should be one of the first picked next year, while Valentine Holmes furthered his reputation as a big-game player with a pair of tries and a brilliant diving intercept late in the piece to stop a NSW raid that could have sent it to golden point.

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