NSW Blues star Jarome Luai reveals the taunt behind viral State of Origin photo that infuriated Queensland

Blues star Jarome Luai has revealed the taunting that prompted him to scream at fallen rival Felise Kaufusi in a moment that’s since been made famous in a memorable Origin photo.

The skilful Panthers star now admits he has a “target on his back” after the image circulated around the Maroons setup – however he has no regrets over the moment.

He’s told News Corp that he was told he was ‘soft’ by Queensland players after he went down injured early in NSW’s stunning 50-6 victory in Townsville.

Soon after he seized his moment to give it back.

“(They said) ‘you’re soft’, ‘get up’, same sort of crap, so it was good to give some back,” Luai said.

“It was a bit of a memory blank moment, because when I went down (injured) a few of their players had words to say to me.

“It woke me up and got me in the game, it was sort of a ‘let’s go’ mentality.

“I probably put a target on myself to be honest, but I was probably targeted in the first game anyway.

“Nothing is going to change for me in terms of mentality, but it probably will fire them up.

“It wasn’t even after I did something good, it was off a good Junior (Paulo) carry. I was just so pumped and he left a few guys on the ground.”

Luai is used to being the antagoniser, having happily accepted the role of being one of the team’s pests at the Panthers.

And he also thrives off being targeted.

He claims he was brought to life by the Maroons’ sledging in Origin I in Townsville, after copping an accidental knee in the back from Xavier Coates.

Dynamic NSW No.6 Jarome Luai is expecting more heat to head his way in Origin II in Brisbane. Credit: AAP

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