At one stage, Queensland playmaker Cameron Munster actually had his pants pulled down in NSW’s State of Origin II romp in Perth.
But it surely paled compared to the embarrassment Munster felt after being convincingly out-pointed by reverse quantity James Maloney after Sunday’s 38-6 loss at Optus Stadium.
Munster even claimed he was sweating on his choice for July 10’s sequence decider in Sydney, score his show as “horrible”.
Munster was hailed as the subsequent Origin nice by former skipper Cameron Smith forward of sport two after his outstanding transformation since going off the rails in late 2017.
But the fashionable five-eighth reckoned he could be fortunate to be picked for sport three.
Munster struggled behind a properly crushed Maroons pack and fared no higher in defence, at one stage dropping his shorts as he tried to stem the wave after wave of Blues assault.
“That was one of many worst video games I’ve been concerned and that’s on me as properly,” he stated.
“My efficiency was horrible. Everybody has these form of video games and sadly that was mine.
“I have to be higher if I get picked and fingers crossed I do and be higher and have that perception that we had in sport one.”
Former Maroons captain Smith claimed earlier than sport two that he believed Munster would stake his declare as a rugby league legend if he saved carrying the No.6 jersey after overcoming the darkish days of 2017.
Again then, Munster was nearly sacked by NRL membership Melbourne after being despatched residence from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup amid experiences of a combat with teammate Ben Hunt on a boozy evening.
After one of many nice blasts from Storm coach Craig Bellamy, Munster was given a second likelihood by the membership – and didn’t look again.
But Munster believed he had taken a step backwards in sport two.
Munster had a irritating evening with the boot in assault because the Maroons pack struggled.
It didn’t cease him from kicking himself over his defensive show, significantly a miss that conceded a 19th-minute attempt to Tyson Frizell.
“I pleasure myself on defence and at a membership (Melbourne) that prides itself on defence however I used to be lower than scratch in that first 15 to 20 minutes,” he stated.
“I let Frizell undergo. I can’t afford that. It was a simple strive for them.
“I do know I have to be higher and I shall be higher. I do know that for a truth.”