Panthers winger Brian To’o capped off a premiership-winning performance by proposing to his partner Moesha Crichton-Ropati just after the siren in Sunday’s grand final at Suncorp Stadium.
To’o, who was at his best at 238 meters in the poignant 14-12 win, walked to the sidelines and got down on one knee for the heartwarming celebration.
They got a rousing roar from the nearby fans when Moesha said yes, adding a very different flavor to Penrith’s post-match celebrations.
“First of all, I want to give all the glory to God, what a year it has been, not only for myself, but also for my community,” To’o told Channel Nine.
“I want to thank my beautiful partner for saying yes and also to the boys for the win. I’m just thankful to be here and so lucky.
“I’m really speechless, not only because of the year I’ve had with Origin, but also to end the year with a ring.
“It’s a special moment to be in lockdown not only with my partner but also with my family. I’m really happy.”
Moesha said she had no idea To’o would get down on one knee and ask for her hand.
Moesha, who moved to Queensland with To’o after the Origin series as part of Penrith’s family entourage, was equally humble about her partner’s achievements.
“I thought he would come over and give me a hug like he usually does, I didn’t expect that, not at all,” she said.
“I’m very close to my parents and it was 50-50 coming here. I wanted to be with Brian but at the same time with my parents.
“Thank God, if it wasn’t for him, none of this would have happened. Being here together made it even better.”