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Brad Fittler tells reporter to ask his WIFE when questioned about whether he’s still ‘Fun Freddie’

NSW coach Brad Fittler tells reporter to ask his WIFE when asked if he’s still ‘Fun Freddie’ after Blues’ Game 2 win

  • New South Wales defeated Queensland 44-12 to set up Origin decider on July 13
  • Brad Fittler refuted the suggestion that he had been under pressure prior to Game 2
  • Matt Burton starred on his Origin debut and Jake Trbojevic was great for NSW
  • AS IT HAPPENED: Blues pushes Queensland to bring Origin to a Game III decider
  • PLAYER RATING: Who played and flopped for NSW and QLD in Perth

Brad Fittler joked that journalists should ask his wife if he is still ‘Fun Freddie’ after New South Wales’ beating on Queensland in Game 2 of the State of Origin series.

The Blues beat the Maroons 44-12 in Perth to tie the series, which will be decided on July 13 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

After the game, Fittler looked much more relaxed than in the run-up, when he looked unusually tense after criticizing his team selection for Game 2.

Brad Fittler told a reporter to ask his wife if he was still 'Fun Freddie'

Brad Fittler told a reporter to ask his wife if he was still ‘Fun Freddie’

When asked if “Fun Freddie” was back after being under pressure for the past two weeks, Fittler replied, “I’m 50 now, I don’t drink anymore. You can ask my wife, she thinks I’m so boring.’

Under pressure from the interviewer, Fittler insisted he didn’t feel his behavior had changed leading up to Origin II.

“The fun has actually been going on for a while, about 20 years,” he continued.

“It is what it is, it’s a tense situation. You have to win.’

New South Wales defeated Queensland 44-12 to level the State of Origin series in Perth

New South Wales defeated Queensland 44-12 to level the State of Origin series in Perth

Nathan Cleary scored his first Origin try on Sunday and added a second three minutes later

Nathan Cleary scored his first Origin try on Sunday and added a second three minutes later

The Blues halfback finished the game with 24 points and was perfect from the kicking tee

The Blues halfback finished the game with 24 points and was perfect from the kicking tee

When the reporter pointed out that he looked “tense” ahead of the showdown in Perth, Fittler replied: “I’m just telling you, we had to win — it’s that simple. Now she [the NSW players] will know how it feels, so we have to somehow preserve the burn.”

Criticized for making seven changes from Game 1, Fittler was fully justified as two of his rosters, Matt Burton and Jake Trbojevic, were crucial to the Blues’ defeat.

The Canterbury five-eight, lined up in the centre, played with the confidence of a veteran rather than a 21-year-old making his Origin debut.

Burton scored one and secured another, while Trbojevic marked his Origin return with a massive effort that netted him 148 runs and 30 tackles.

Matt Burton (second from left) was majestic in his State of Origin debut on Sunday night

Matt Burton (second from left) was majestic in his State of Origin debut on Sunday night

Jake Trbojevic was outstanding on his return to the Origin arena after missing Game 1

Jake Trbojevic was outstanding on his return to the Origin arena after missing Game 1

Angus Crichton, another Origin debutant, came off the bench to score the Blues’ last try.

However, Fittler warned his players not to get carried away in the run-up to what promises to be a test trip to Brisbane. New South Wales have not won an Origin series after losing their first match in Sydney since 1994, losing in three of their last four visits to Suncorp Stadium.

‘As good as that was’ [on Sunday night], it’s 1-1. It’s that simple,” he said.

“We play at Suncorp and we’ve only won there once [the past] four years.’

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