Taylor's career highlight
STATE of Origin star Dave Taylor describes his involvement in Queensland’s series-winning side as the “highlight of my short NRL career”.
The Blackwater-product was in the thick of the action as the Maroons went on to record a historic fifth consecutive series win, even copping a head butt and punch from NSW back-rower Luke O’Donnell.
“He got me with a good one but it didn’t hurt that much. It definitely didn’t have any effect on my game,” Taylor told The Morning Bulletin yesterday before his appearance on last night’s Footy Show.
Taylor said he was “fairly happy” with his performance and said his focus now was to back up for game three.
“I just need to play well for Souths, hopefully remain fit and give myself every chance of being selected in the team.”
And while the players may have created their own slice of history, with weekend games, they kept their celebrations reserved.
“We were all pretty buggered. It was a very physical game. Some of the boys had a couple of beers, but most were fairly quiet because of our NRL commitments on the weekend.”
Watching from the stands were Dave’s parents Sharon and Logan, who made the trip down from Blackwater and thought he played “really well”.
As for O’Donnell’s spear tackle on Darius Boyd, Sharon joked he should have been sent off, and not just for the tackle.
“For the tackle and for hitting my son,” she said.
“I said to my husband, ‘Hold me back because I’m going out there.’”
Back in Rockhampton, Taylor’s grandparents Myra Wehlow and Claude and Tema White watched the matches from their homes.
Mrs Wehlow couldn’t hide her excitement about Taylor’s increased game time.
“I was really pleased he got the extra game time. I thought he was brilliant.”
Mr and Mrs White, who watched from Eventide Home, have avidly followed Dave’s career and Claude has paid extra for Fox Sports so he can watch all of his grandson’s NRL appearances.