HE'S moving into the veteran class at all levels of footy, but Tyson Frizell has never experienced a sweeter victory than the Blues last-gasp triumph in Wednesday night's decider.
The sweet feeling was as much a product of bitter experience than it was of James Tedesco's 79th minute match-winner because, unlike the bulk of the current Blues squad, Frizell knows what it's like to on the other side of that moment.
Jonathan Thurston's match-winning goal in game two of the 2017 series came almost on the same blade of grass as Blake Ferguson's final pass to Tedesco on Wednesday night.
So, while he certainly didn't feel any sympathy for the heartbroken Maroons on Wednesday, he at least knew how they felt.
"A couple of us we've been on the receiving end of games like that where Queensland have come back," Frizell said.
"That's what they're known for and they were coming towards doing that at the back end of the game. It was a bit of a roller coaster for us but it was just awesome to finish the way we did and get the win.
"We wanted to change that momentum in the second half and I thought we did. We probably let it slip a bit with those two late tries to them but to finish it at the end was class from the boys.
"To finish in that fashion, 80th minute, scores level, to get a try at the end does make it that much sweeter. We found a way."
His second Origin series victory was also reward for the 27-year-old's doggedness after enduring a bumpy ride into the series, a contrast to the outstanding form he took into his previous three Blues camps.
A nasty testicle injury delayed his start to the season while the Dragons injury woes saw him spend precious few minutes in his preferred right edge spot.
He also spent much of the camp ahead of game one on limited duties after he was KO'd in a heavy collision with former teammate Josh Dugan on the day Brad Fittler named his first squad.
He played just 38 minutes in Origin I but pumped out the full 80 on the right edge in game two, a match he feels jump-started his season.
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He logged 72 minutes in Wednesday's decider and is hopeful of taking the form return into the back end of the Dragons season.
"I don't think I came into the series with the form I wanted to but I knew, if selected, I could come in and do the job that was needed," he said.
"I'd been there in the past and I wasn't going to let anyone down. I think through this period I've been able to string some games together and play some consistent footy.
"At the start of the year I was probably lacking consistency but things happen in footy, you've just got to cop it. I've been lucky enough to be selected for three games and come away with the series.
"You only get confidence out of playing big games like this. We'll enjoy the moment but once we get back to club footy we'll knuckle down and really focus on what we need to achieve."