Being a first-grader doesn’t mean you’re any less of a fan when it comes to State of Origin. Just ask Rabbitohs prop and proud Queenslander Dave Tyrrell.
With plenty of New South Welshmen around in what is to him a foreign state, Tyrrell prefers to watch the interstate rivalry at home where he can express himself freely.
“(I’m) Really excited about Origin,” said Tyrrell speaking to Rabbitohs.com.au.
“I love sitting down at home and watching the game. I usually don’t like too many Blues fans around me because I’m pretty animated myself.”
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“Usually it’s just sitting in front of the TV at home because I’m in New South Wales so I can’t really venture out, but I just love sitting in front of the TV by myself screaming away.”
As always, there’s been no shortage of State of Origin banter flying around Redfern in recent weeks, with Origin fans on both sides of the divide throwing jibes across the dressing room and in the halls in preparation for this year’s Series.
The most vocal opponents of the Rabbitohs’ strong contingent of Queenslanders that includes the likes of Chris McQueen and High Performance Manger Troy Thomson – among others – has been Physiotherapist Eddie Farah, and Development Coach and Blues legend Matt King.
“There’s a little bit of banter,” smiled Tyrrell.
“Everyone’s sort of getting at each other but it’s all a bit of fun really. He (Rabbitohs High Performance Manager Troy Thomson) probably cops it a bit, but I mean no more than me – we give it back to them.”
“We (Queensland) have been doing pretty well lately, for the last nine years or so and they (NSW) finally got one, so they’ve finally got something to talk about.”
Queensland will be boasting the services of Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis for the 26th time tonight in Melbourne, as the Maroons look to wrap up the Series with their second win.
The Rabbitohs meanwhile have been back at training this week and will have the bye this weekend. Tyrrell told Rabbitohs.com.au that plenty of improvement is needed across his team following last Friday night’s loss to the Wests Tigers.
“We might have a couple of days off over the weekend,” said Tyrrell.
“Obviously coming off a disappointing loss, there’s lots of areas we can improve and we’re going to be working extra hard to get that right and our focus will be completely on Manly.”