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‘I had tears in my eyes’: jubilant Queenslanders bathe in Origin glory

The famous come-from-behind State of Origin series victory amply rewarded those Maroons fans who made the pilgrimage to Suncorp Stadium

After full-time, as supporters spilled out of Suncorp Stadium, Mario De Vecchi emerged grinning ear-to-ear from a sea of maroon. “I just had to give Wally a kiss,” he said, nodding to the iconic Wally Lewis statue. “Amazing – I had tears in my eyes about three times during the game.”

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