On Sunday night, NSW secured a State of Origin victory for just the second time in 13 years.
New coach Brad Fittler led the team to an 18-14 win in game two of the series, in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 80,000. But in the final minutes of the match, while a packed stadium and millions more at home watched on, there was an act of sportsmanship many of us missed.
With five minutes to go, Blues captain Boyd Cordner took a blow to the head in a tackle on his fellow Roosters teammate, Dylan Napa. Immediately, Queensland trainer Allan Langer – an Origin great – rushed to his aid, signalling for the NSW medical staff to assist him.
Suffering a concussion, the 26-year-old initially tried to argue that he could play on, but to many viewers, it appeared it was Langer who spoke clearly and passionately to Cordner, explaining that he needed to come off the field. He stood with the Blues captain patiently, missing the opportunity to support his Queensland team. The act of sportsmanship was widely praised by fans.
Great stuff from Alfie, helping a blue. ???? #Origin
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) June 24, 2018
How good was Alfie Langer – huge moment In the game – but making sure NSW player is ok. Top bloke. #origin
— Pig Dog (@pigdog80) June 24, 2018