Former NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce has sunk the boot into Queensland, declaring they've lost their State of Origin aura.
Often the scapegoat as NSW lost all seven series he played, Pearce wasn't available this year because of injury and rookie Nathan Cleary was halfback as the Blues secured just their second series victory in 13 years.
Watching on, Pearce noted a different feel about the Maroons - who are without retired greats Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston.
"The aura that once intimated a lot of us, has diminished. Finally, it was NSW who were glowing," Pearce wrote on the Knights' website."
Pearce pointed to the Maroons' treatment of halfback Ben Hunt, who was relegated to the bench after coming up with a series of poor decisions at key moments in the Blues' series-clinching game two win.
"I've been sitting back with interest watching the reaction north of the border, particularly the decision to bring in Daly Cherry-Evans," he said.
"As a state, we've been the laughing stock of Queensland for a perception that we turned on each other.
"Now that the shoe is on the other foot, you can't help but think they are doing exactly what they criticised us for doing.
"I know more than anyone that you live and die by your performances, and if you can't get the job done you need to make changes."
Despite Cleary, 20, staking his claim to be the Blues halfback spot for years to come, 29-year-old Pearce said he hadn't given up on playing Origin again.
"A lot of people have also been asking me how I feel. I'm not sure what they are expecting me to say," Pearce said.
"It's been mixed emotions because I'm genuinely happy for the team. I'm happy for the state. I'm happy for the game.
I think people in NSW are sick and tired of seeing Queensland win.
"Am I upset that I wasn't part of that team to win the series? Of course. I would love nothing more than to win one.
"It's not jealousy. But I'm not going to lie, I would love to be up there holding that shield.
"But I'm glad I feel like that. If I didn't feel like that I probably should retire. I still want to get back there and this motivates me."