Blues on song in Perth but Fittler almost lost for words


James Maloney played a big role in coming up with the new song, and it was fitting he was there for the first official rendition, while Dale Finucane is known to have one of the sweetest voices in rugby league.

Blue Wiggle Anthony Field was brought in to share some musical ideas – The Wiggles released their own NSW track a few years ago – while the players started to spitball ideas after they went 2-0 up last year.

NSW Rugby League boss Dave Trodden was one of the first to congratulate Fittler on the sideline at Optus Stadium on Sunday and was seen whispering a few words into his ear.

“I just told Freddy he got my three points for man of the match,” Trodden told the Herald.

“When things get a little bit hard, great leaders stand up and back themselves, and he stood up and backed himself.

“Teams take on the character of their leader, and the courage and purpose we saw from them tonight came from their coach.

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“I don’t worry about what other people think. I know the qualities he has. He has courage of his convictions, and he got a bit of reward tonight.

“He’s got total confidence in himself, as he should have. Other people who are not close to him may have started to doubt him a bit, but he never did, nor did anyone close to him.”

Midway through the second half of the powerhouse Perth win, more than 5000 tickets were sold for the decider in ANZ Stadium. There were fears no more than 50,000 would have watched game three had the Blues gone down 2-0 in the series.

Fittler has another year to run on his Blues deal and is hoping to become the first coach since his mentor, Phil Gould, to win successive Origin series for the Premier State.

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