Queensland centre Dane Gagai found himself in hot water when he was sin binned for impersonating a boxer during Wednesday’s State of Origin decider, but he was all class earlier in the enthralling contest.
The Maroons claimed a 22-12 win at Suncorp Stadium to snatch the coveted Origin shield back from the Blues, but tempers boiled over early in the second half when Gagai and NSW rival Matt Burton exchanged punches.
Both men were sent to the sin bin following the brief fisticuffs, later avoiding suspension and copping a fine worth 23 per cent of their match fee.
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Speaking to reporters in the post-match press conference, NSW coach Brad Fittler claimed that Burton was just defending himself.