Cameron Munster is a bit worse for wear after finally getting his celebration in after winning both the NRL Premiership and the State of Origin series in a 2020 to remember.
The superstar five-eighth cemented his name as one of the best players in the world with his Wally Lewis Medal winning performance as the Maroons pulled off one of the biggest boilovers in Origin history.
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But the afterparty is proving to be just as big for the 26-year-old.
Quite open about his love for a beer, Munster’s mind was already on the shenanigans in Byron Bay after the decider, screaming “let’s celebrate” to gee up the 50,000 strong Queensland crowd.
Famously Queensland coach Wayne Bennett hung up on Munster when he asked for an extra 24 hours off after Melbourne’s premiership win.
When Munster called back and said he was serious, Bennett reportedly said “no” and hung up again.
Munster and Bennett quickly began to see eye-to-eye.Source:Getty Images
The pair became fast friends however, building a good relationship and playing cards in the Maroons bubble.
But on SEN’s Morning Glory with Matty Johns, Harry Grant and Munster joined the show to give some insight into how the celebrations have been.
While Bennett was given an invite to the party, the 70-year-old didn’t wind up at Byron.
Grant said he “enjoyed the celebrations last night and wake up to do it all again today”.
He added that Munster had “eight hours too” to the laughter of the panel. Storm teammate Cooper Johns said “there’s no way” with Matty adding “yeah, eight minutes”.
Grant, who had a stunning debut. said Bennett didn’t really speak to him about his role in Origin, praised Roosters rake Jake Friend who allowed the youngster to move into his preferred role at dummy half.
“I didn’t really talk to Wayne about my role until just before the game because I didn’t want to get worked up on it, but I was sort of playing lock there and I didn’t know what I was doing for some of the sets,” Grant said.
“Friendy was pretty good to me, he just said ‘mate, you just chop and change at No. 9 and I’ll just float.’
“It shows the quality that he has as a player and as a leader … that he just sort of took one for the team and had a few tough carries.”
But the panel then wanted to have a chat to Munster, who was sounding croaky and a little worse for wear.
After some pleasantries, Cooper asked what went through his mind when he was playing.
“You know when a monkey is clapping against those little cymbals? That’s how I’m thinking,” Munster said.
“That’s pretty much to a tee, there’s not much to me as you would know Coops, I keep it pretty simple, run hard, tackle hard, get to my kicks and you know what I do.”
Munster also added that Bennett’s secret was pointing out what he was good at and “pumped his tyres up”.
No wonder he was a little worse for wear.Source:Supplied
But it was soon back to the celebrations, with Cooper asking who the best on ground in the celebrations was with 15 Maroons making the trip to Byron Bay.
“Jake Friend would be up there, of course myself, and the other one would have to be Corey Allan,” Munster said.
After Munster got off the line, Cooper pointed out that Munster had clearly been enjoying himself.
“How about Munster’s voice,” he said. “Harry sounded fine, then Munster comes on and he sounded horrible.”
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