In State of Origin II, Queensland’s Corey Parker asked upstart NSW forward David Klemmer to “show some respect”.
It seems that won’t be a problem any more.
Parker has been hailed by Queensland great Petero Civoniceva after his Wally Lewis Medal-winning heroics in Queensland’s record series clinching 52-6 game three win on Wednesday night.
Civoniceva became Origin’s oldest player when he ended his 33-game career at 36 years old in 2012.
And the former Maroons prop believes 33-year-old Parker can play for Queensland for as a long as he wants after his powerhouse Origin III at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.
“After what he showed he’ll play until he’s 46 not 36,” Civoniceva laughed while toasting the record Origin win in the Maroons dressing room.
“It’s a measure of the toughness of the guy not just physically but mentally.
“I think he’s got many more years ahead of him if he wants.
“I know (Queensland coach) Mal (Meninga) would love to see him lining up again in the Maroon jersey.”
Parker received an expletive-riddled response from Klemmer in a fiery Origin II exchange after his on-field demand that the two-game NSW forward “show some respect”.
NSW captain Paul Gallen later described Parker’s request as “embarrassing”.
However, it was Gallen’s Blues who were left red faced after Parker (134m off 19 runs, three offloads) helped clinch Queensland’s ninth series win in 10 years.
Civoniceva said there were no prizes for guessing what fired up Parker on Wednesday night to seal the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the Origin series.
“It’s how you back that up, that was the test,” Civoniceva said of Klemmer’s game two behaviour.
“No doubt some of the remarks stuck, some of the criticism stung (Parker).”
Parker said the whole veteran team proved the doubters wrong.
“We’s not going too bad (for old blokes).
“That was certainly topical at the time but I’m not sure what you’re going to write now.
“We haven’t actually played to our full potential for a long period of time.
“I think going off the back of some criticism from Game II, and rightly so, from 1 to 17 did their job (on Wednesday night).”
Eight of Queensland’s team are on the wrong side of 30 – including seven in the starting 13.
But 16-game veteran Parker isn’t making any retirement plans soon despite providing old mate Justin Hodges with a fitting farewell.
“We’re 20 days apart,” Parker said of Broncos teammate Hodges.
“It’s a very tough decision. He (Hodges) made a speech to the side last night, it was a little emotional.
“It’s a jersey that you cherish and you don’t just take this jersey for granted, it’s something that you earn and hold in high esteem.”
The only time Parker wasn’t on top in game three was when he on the wrong end of a Trent Merrin dangerous throw in the first half.
Merrin is facing a four-week ban.
“It was just an accident I suppose,” Parker said.