Josh Reynolds rides wave of Origin success

NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds was unsure what was a greater highlight after helping the Blues to their first Origin series victory in eight years - crowd surfing with fans at ANZ Stadium or receiving personal praise from his Queensland rival Johnathan Thurston.

After the 6-4 win, Reynolds approached Thurston to explain an incident that resulted in them both being placed on report for headbutting before jumping the fence to join the celebrations with NSW fans.

"It has always been something I have wanted to do," Reynolds said. "It was a special moment walking around that field, I don't know these people but for them to be behind me and for me to do something for them is pretty special.

"It was eight years of heartache for those fans and for myself. I am a fan and I am doing something I love. I can't explain it because I never thought I would be here."

Just three years after making his rise from NSW Cup for Canterbury, Reynolds never envisaged that he would go head-to-head with Thurston in Origin.

While he spent most of the match niggling Thurston, he told the North Queensland superstar of his admiration for him.

"Everyone knows that he is a massive competitor and at the end of the game I shook his hand and told him that I have the utmost respect for him, as I do," Reynolds said.

"He has done what he has done in the game, he is one of the best players in the world and I said to him 'I look up to you as a player'. I am not ashamed to say that, and he just congratulated me. He said 'congratulations on your game'. It is a good feeling for him to say that."

Although the NSW dressing room was packed with well wishers, Reynolds said the atmosphere was surreal as the Blues achievement hadn't yet sunk in.

"I'm going through about 10 emotions at the moment, I am happy, I am ecstatic, I am relieved...there was pressure coming into this game and I think as a person I can adapt to that now and I can take that forward into my future footy," he said.

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"Everyone knows that he is a massive competitor and at the end of the game I shook his hand and told him that I have the utmost respect for him, as I do.

"He has done what he has done in the game, he is one of the best players in the world and I said to him 'I look up to you as a player'. I am not ashamed to say that, and he just congratulated me. He said 'congratulations on your game'. It is a good feeling for him to say that."

"Everyone knows that he is a massive competitor and at the end of the game I shook his hand and told him that I have the utmost respect for him, as I do.

"He has done what he has done in the game, he is one of the best players in the world and I said to him 'I look up to you as a player'. I am not ashamed to say that, and he just congratulated me. He said 'congratulations on your game'. It is a good feeling for him to say that."

The story Josh Reynolds rides wave of Origin success first appeared on WA Today.

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