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Best Twitter reactions from Queensland’s Origin II win

2017 State of Origin rugby league
TOP-NOTCH banter is an essential ingredient to any State of Origin fixture.

There was no shortage of it on social media in the build-up to Wednesday’s clash at ANZ Stadium.

New South Wales fans were oozing confidence after a big win in game one.

Bad luck for those dialling 000, because the state’s emergency services were clearly otherwise engaged.

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To be fair to NSW, things were not much different north of the Tweed River.

Queensland’s print media were in on the act as well, delivering this chuckle-worthy blow to their southern rivals:

Meanwhile, the federal government went about its business as though the population was not already preoccupied with one of the world’s great sporting events – or did it know exactly what it was doing?

As expected, it was a packed house at ANZ Stadium as Blues fans turned out en masse in anticipation of a series-clinching win.

Things looked very good for Laurie Daley’s men after tries from Jarryd Hayne, Brett Morris and Mitchell Pearce gave them a 16-6 lead at the break, yet some in the stands were not quite as into the footy as others.

With the series all but wrapped up by half-time, NSW Police gleefully accepted the opportunity to throw some more shade at their northern colleagues.

One wonders where they found the time, as all reports suggest the cops had their hands full at Sydney Olympic Park.

And then things all went wrong for the Blues as Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, their tormentors for so many years, inspired Queensland to a stunning comeback victory.

It was almost as though it went to script for coach Kevin Walters and his Maroons, with Thurston drilling home the winning conversion from the chalk after Dane Gagai’s late wonder-try.

Online bookmaker could not help but have a few digs at NSW’s Hayne, whose second-half lapses epitomised a sloppy and undisciplined performance from the Blues.

Ultimately, it was Queensland Police who had the last laugh in one of the night’s most entertaining sideshows.

Yet it was Ned Zelic, the former Socceroo turned national cult hero, who summed it up best of all with these words of footballing wisdom:

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