The Penrith winger said he would not prepare to play in his second major final in as many years without his fiancée and says her presence is vital to his success.
“Church is half the reason we’re together. Not to brag, but my good looks were the other half,” To’o, once the prankster, said, laughing Monday.
To’o has not been able to see his family in western Sydney since Origin III in July. Due to the closure of the Queensland-NSW border, both he and his partner headed straight from the Gold Coast to Twin Waters, where the Panthers have set up camp for the second half of the 2021 season.
The Panthers dedicated their big overall win to the people of Western Sydney after describing winning their third premiership as “a dream”.
With some of the players growing up in the Panthers system, five-eighth Jarome Luai said it was the spirit of Western Sydney that led the squad through two years of adversity to Sunday night’s big win in Brisbane.
“This is what we were born for,” said Luai.
“I love these guys. They dug deep for each other. That is the spirit of Penrith. All people at home, this is for you.”
Meanwhile, Rabbitohs fans in Kingsford, South Coogee, Coogee, Randwick and Maroubra missed much of the thrilling grand finale when a power outage wreaked havoc in parts of South Sydney.
Ausgrid reported the outage on their website Sunday afternoon with about 3,000 homes reportedly affected.
The outage ran from approximately 6:30pm to 9:00pm and left affected fans with only the final 20 minutes of the match.
A number of fans have taken to social media furiously, prompting Ausgrid to apologize.
“We sincerely apologize for tonight’s difficulties and understand how much everyone is looking forward to watching the game,” a spokeswoman wrote on the Ausgrid Twitter page.
“Our crews are working to get everyone back on power as quickly and safely as possible.”
The website stated the reason for the outage was unknown, but Ausgrid’s crew had been working to “remove hazards” to restore power.
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