The Grand Final celebration took an unexpected turn when star striker Brian To’o celebrated his engagement with a lap dance.
Penrith Panthers winger Brian To’o had an unforgettable evening in Brisbane, treating his fiancé to a celebratory lap dance amid the wild parties at Suncorp Stadium.
Ivan Cleary’s men held their nerves to take a thrilling 14-12 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs and claim their first NRL premiership in 18 years.
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Shortly after the final siren, To’o found his partner Moesha Crichton-Ropati in the crowd of 39,000 and proposed to them while blood still seeped from a cut on his eyebrow.
The 23-year-old’s girlfriend burst into tears and the cameras captured the beautiful moment as they hugged and kissed.
To’o was inevitably mobbed by his teammates after she said yes.
It was later revealed that To’o had asked Crichton-Ropati’s parents for permission several months earlier to ask the question.
Later, the broadcast showed To’o handing his competition boots to a father and his little boy, both of whom appeared to be Panthers fans.
But the icing on the cake came in the barns later, when Crichton-Ropati was the lucky recipient of a To’o lap dance.
She shared a clip of the hilarious moment on her Instagram story, with the topless footy star on her lap as his teammates cheered him on.
But when the winger tried to throw his leg over Crichton-Ropati, he accidentally made contact with her. The apologetic Panther immediately rose and hugged her.
“I gave her a lap dance, the guys pushed me to do it, the guys got me ready,” To’o said Monday, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
“I ended up dancing and giving her a lap dance for about 30 seconds until I went overboard and accidentally kicked her in the head.”
Named on the wing in the Dally M Team of the Year, the Panthers weapon led the competition in runs, meters won and post contact meters this season.
Crichton-Ropati told Channel 9 after the proposal: “I thought he would just come and give me a hug as he usually does, I didn’t expect that.”
To’o continued: “First of all I want to give the boys a nod, a huge year, not just for myself and my family and my community.
“I want to thank my beautiful partner for saying, ‘Yes’ and the boys for getting the win and being lucky to be here.
He later explained: “Win or lose, I was still going to propose.
“I was actually planning (to do it) in Origin, but because of Covid and all that, of course, that didn’t happen.”