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Scott reflects on Origin win

Sadly, no family members could be present when Matt Scott toasted Queensland's stunning seventh straight State of Origin series win in Brisbane.
Scott reflects on Origin win
by NRL

By Laine Clark

BRISBANE, July 6 AAP - Sadly, no family members could be present when Matt Scott toasted Queensland's stunning seventh straight State of Origin series win in Brisbane.

However, the burly Maroons prop was still surrounded by loved ones at Suncorp Stadium.

No one savoured Queensland's remarkable 21-20 Origin III victory over NSW on Wednesday night more than Scott.

But it was quickly put in perspective by Scott after bravely running out for Queensland a week to the day following his mother Dianne's funeral.

Amid the backslapping, Scott at times cut a reflective figure in an otherwise triumphant Queensland dressing room but help was always at hand thanks to his "second family" - his teammates.

"Origin is not the be all and end all," a thoughtful Scott said.

"I was always going to play (Origin III) but leaving home was tough (after his mother's passing).

"But you come into Origin camp and these boys are the ones who got me through."

One of the NRL's hardest nuts, Scott at times choked up when the topic of his mother - who lost a battle with throat cancer - inevitably came up following one of the great Origin battles.

"I would have loved for them (family) to come but I knew they were watching (on TV)," Scott said.

"And I know they were with me and had their full support and I spoke to them a lot before I came into camp.

"But I am not the first to go through this and I am not the last.

"Yet the best thing for me was getting into camp and being surrounded by the boys and concentrating on what we had to do.

"These boys are like a second family to me."

The Maroons clan will lose their patriarch Petero Civoniceva next year when the veteran prop walks off into retirement.

But his former Queensland front-row partner Steve Price said Scott's heroics showed the Maroons had a perfect leader lying in wait.

In a 45-minute Origin III burst, Scott made 92m from 12 runs and completed 23 tackles.

"That's the type of guy he is - he makes no excuses," Price - a veteran of 28 Origins - said of Scott.

"I do a bit of work out in the schools at (Scott's hometown) Longreach and Barcaldine (in Queensland's west), and you hear what Matt's mother did for the community over a long period of time.

"She is not only sorely missed by Matt's family but everyone out there.

"She was such a beautiful person."




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