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The Freddy and Kevvy show has taken Origin to a new level

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22.06.2019

Regardless of the result of Sunday night’s State of Origin match in Perth, two men who deserve a giant round of applause for what they have contributed to our game are the respective coaches, Queensland’s Kevin Walters and NSW’s Brad Fittler.

There is just a different feel about Origin football with these two men in charge.

What is most obvious is their absolute love of rugby league and this thing we call Origin football. But it’s also their sense of honesty and inclusiveness. Both these coaches understand that the most important people in this Origin phenomenon are the fans.

Big occasion: State coaches Brad Fittler and Kevin Walters at Optus Stadium in Perth.Credit:NRL Photos

At the very core of this Origin rivalry are the results. This is what matters most to anyone who is, or who has ever been, involved in the playing or preparation of these teams. The wins and losses really do deliver agony and ecstasy. The results heal, and they burn. That scoreboard is so important.

But, at all times, we are reminded that in the much bigger picture, State of Origin football is as much about the production and the theatre as anything else. It’s the greatest advertisement of our code. It’s what sells our game to this whole country and even the rest of the world.

Walters and Fittler just get it. By “it”, I mean that they get what this concept means to the game and the fans. They really do get it.

Walters and Fittler, themselves Origin greats as players, just get it.

By “it”, I mean that they get what this concept means to the game and the fans. They really do get it.

Don’t get me wrong, their priority is always the result, but they understand there is more to their role.

Last year’s series was one of the more enjoyable I have witnessed, not just the football on the field, but the way it was promoted, portrayed and........

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