Blues win but also lose, Ese'ese not in it for the money & a giveaway

We might be winners, but boy did that loss hurt last night.

Queensland provided one final blow, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III and denying us [well the Blues] our first series whitewash in 18 years...EIGHTEEN YEARS!

To make matters worse, they handed Billy Slater the Wally Lewis Medal.

Slater became the first player to claim the medal from the losing side of an Origin series.

The Queensland captain was out injured in the series-opener, but was...arguably...the Maroons' best upon his return in game two and again in the final match.

He did finish the night with three line break assists, a try assist and 136 running metres.

It is the second time Slater has won the award, having also taken the honour in 2010.

We think NSW coach Brad Fittler said it best:

"I can live with the fact Billy takes the medal away. He's been one of our great State of Origin players.

"There were a few players in our team that I would've chosen ahead of Billy in this series.”

That’s right boys, just don’t look at it...

BONDING SESSION: NSW coach Freddy Fittler has certainly altered the meaning of getting blind at the Blues' Origin camp. Picture: AAP

BONDING SESSION: NSW coach Freddy Fittler has certainly altered the meaning of getting blind at the Blues' Origin camp. Picture: AAP

BONDING SESSION: NSW coach Freddy Fittler has certainly altered the meaning of getting blind at the Blues' Origin camp. Picture: AAP