"It was a bit like losing your virginity -- it wasn't very nice but we got the job done."
This was the colourful phrase with which Queensland forward Sam Thaiday chose to answer a stock standard question in a post-match interview after State of Origin 1 at ANZ Stadium. The encyclopaedia of weird now has a new entry. The encyclopaedia of tasteless likewise.
The strange response was in answer to a completely innocuous question posed by Channel Nine's Brad Fittler, who asked Thaiday how the game was, which Queensland won 6-4.
Straight-faced, Thaiday said what he said.
"I don't know if I've got a second question," Fittler retorted. The TV audience wasn't sure if they wanted him to ask one, fearful of what might come next.
Reaction to the comment on social media was a mixture of humour and disgust.
"It was a bit like losing your virginity...in front of 70,000 people with Gus Gould criticising your performance" Updated Thaiday.#Origin— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) 1 de junho de 2016
Did Thaiday just compare the win to losing your virginity? Vomit— Marietta (@_upthechooks) 1 de junho de 2016
"It was a bit like losing your virginity. After 80 minutes of grunting and sweating one party was really disappointed" -Thaiday#Origin— Harrison Vesey (@harrisonvesey) 1 de junho de 2016
#stateoforigin great words of inspiration from JT & then Thaiday had to make a joke about virginity. 😳 sigh.— Nicole Dyer (@nicoleadyer) 1 de junho de 2016
The aftermath of Origin One now has a slightly icky taste.
Rugby league's not very nice sometimes either, but when it comes to outbreaks of questionable behaviour, it just about always gets the job done.