Was Fatty trying to jinx Cleary?

‘You can’t win’: Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin drops live TV truth bomb on Nathan Cleary

Nathan Cleary begged Paul “Fatty” Vautin not to make fun of him as footy greats marveled at the halfback’s performance in the Blues’ 44-12 victory in Origin II on Sunday night.

Cleary pulled the strings and scored 24 points (two tries, seven conversions, one penalty) to ensure the series moves to a decision in Brisbane next month.

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After Queensland’s win in Origin I, Cameron Munster shut down Phil Gould in a post-match interview when the rugby league supremo tried to suggest that the series was already over as the Maroons were a lock to win Game 3 at Suncorp Stadium regardless of the result in Perth.

This time it was Cleary who rejected a post-match claim by Queensland legend Vautin not to be “cursed”.

Vautin: “Is there a chance you’ll ever miss another goal? Frankly, it’s a joke. Eight out of eight.”

clear: “Do not say that!”

Vautin: “Can you give us a break?”

clear: “We’ll see. (You) try to jinx me.”

Nine host James Bracey said “don’t screw him up” while Gould, who was also at the desk for the post-match analysis, came in with a smile and told Cleary to “ignore that”.

Gould told Cleary to ignore Vautin.Source: Channel 9

In a serious way, Vautin wondered if Cleary was surprised by the “non-Queensland-esque defence” the Blues faced late in the second half when Billy Slater’s troops withered under a mountain of possession against themallowing the locks to open.

“I thought that was from the platform we built,” Cleary said. “It came a bit in the first half, but we were a bit ill-disciplined.

“In that second half we really put the foot down and built up some pressure.”

Around this time of his chat, the surviving members of the public snagging a NSW win went wild when a pitch intruder forced his way into Optus Stadium.

Bracey turned from his seat to see what all the fuss was about before Vautin did the same, seconds later, when the over-enthusiastic fan in the background of Nine’s broadcast was chased by security.

The unwanted visitor then fell face down on the turf before being led away by the brigade in fluorine.

Cleary was wary of not getting too carried away with the 32-point triumph, and he is well aware that victory in the west means nothing if his teammates can’t back up in a few weeks. make in Brisbane.

Vautin was optimistic that Queensland would bounce back in Game 3, telling the NSW playmaker: “You can’t win at Lang Park (Suncorp Stadium)”.

“I think we can enjoy this, but we can’t be too happy with ourselves,” Cleary said. “We have to keep working to get better.

“That was the explanation of the last game. We must be hungry and we must want it.

‘There’s one more to go. Tonight is great, we will really enjoy this, but there is another job to do.”

An unwanted visitor was trying to get his moment in the sun.Source: Channel 9

Cleary was criticized for his disappointing performance in Game 1, but showed tremendous maturity in coming back as he did and leading the Blues to a series-leveling win, setting up attempts with kicks and cut-out passes, and two of his own. score four-pointers by walking close to the line.

Blues legend Andrew Johns said Cleary – who is only 24 – was playing as if he had been in the jersey for ten years.

“(Clary) was incredible tonight. What he’s doing at this level as a halfback at his age, there hasn’t been a halfback who has done that in Origin,” Johns said.

“His trajectory goes up and down. Some of these passes, his kicks, his running game, he sets the pace of the game. He knows when to speed up the team. It was a master class.

“And he does it himself. When he came to Origin, the only knock I got on Nathan was his creativity, playing within the structure, not taking any risks. He does it now.

“He plays as a halfback who has been playing at this level for ten years. He had it on a string tonight. And to do it against the real elite, he pulled their pants down so many times.”

Gould called the performance “one of the truly amazing halfback performances in Origin history”.

“In the first half he was a bit hectic and side to side trying to find something and a caterpillar kick to Burton set a spark in him and suddenly he started tearing Queensland apart,” said Gould.

“The two plays that I thought were great were the early kicks, the 40-20 to the corner and the early chip kick in this corner that put Ponga in the goal and they scored from the line dropout.

“Then he got into the rhythm, the over-the-top pass, the dummy, the show and go and he played on the backs of good forwards. As the game went on, he got into another stratosphere of his own performance.”

Nathan Cleary was in a class of his own. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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