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Streaker tackled after State of Origin interruption in first half

Nov 18, 2020

A second major sporting event in Queensland has been interrupted by a pitch invader, with a clothed streaker pausing the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium.At the AFL Grand Final at the end of October, a pair of social media comedians ran onto the ground before they were tackled and thrown out of the game.
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The pair quickly went to social media to brag about the stunt, joining the infamous ranks of streakers Kinsey Wolanski, who invaded the Champions League and World Series flasher Julia Rose.
But the Origin streaker was taken down quickly with Channel 9 immediately cutting to a wide shot.
But 4BC Breakfast’s executive producer Karryn Wheelans shared that the “streaker that kept his clothes on, flossed and then took the tackle by 3 security guards”.
The streaker wasn’t the first to interrupt an Origin decider with a naked man running on in the late stages of the 2013 Origin decider in NSW. He was later jailed for three months.
Channel 9’s Paul Vautin was quick to dismiss the pitch invader.
“A streaker in clothes,” Vautin said. “When you go to Suncorp, this is what you‘ve got to contend with. Everyone talks about the crowd, the atmosphere. You’ve got to contend with how well Queensland play here. That’s what you’ve got to contend with.
“Forget about the crowd. Forget about what’s happening over the sidelines. Contend with what’s happening on the field, because at the moment Queensland are just full of running at the moment.”
Luckily for the game, the game barely skipped a beat as the NSW responded to a Queensland try after the penalty.
The game is being held in front of a world record crowd for 2020.
With 49,000 expected, and huge lines seen before the game, the attendance will pass the previous biggest crowd of 45,000 at the Bledisloe Cup match in New Zealand.
The vocal local crowd served it up to rugby league Immortal and NSW legend Andrew Johns during a live segment on Channel 9.
When James Bracey threw to Johns at the broadcast desk with Queensland legend Cameron Smith, Johns appeared to lose his composure briefly after being heckled.
“Oh, yes, there‘s some nasty words being said,” Johns said. “It‘s not to Cameron, I think it’s to me.”