State of Origin 2022: Ed Kavalee calls Liam Martin a grub, roasts mom on the radio

Adding another chapter to a fierce Australian rivalry, Ed Kavalee told his show’s guest on the air that her son is a “huge caterpillar”.

The build-up to State of Origin III took a laughable turn on Friday morning when Liam Martin’s mother Maxine took to the airwaves to defend her son against claims he is a dirty player.

The courier post this week published a series of photos highlighting incidents of the Blues’ 16-10 loss in Origin I, accusing Martin of being a “caterpillar”.

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The storyline continued to dominate the headlines leading up to Sunday night’s game in Perth, with NSW’s rear rower taking it all in his stride and the Blues even suggesting they follow suit after team adviser Greg Alexander said they were “too nice.” in the series opener in Sydney.

Speaking in a light segment on 2Day FM’s Hughesy, Ed and ErinMaxine ran to her son’s defense.

“When it’s done, it’s like the mama bear in me has come out,” Maxine said.

“I said, if you watch a competition, there are more facial massages than a beauty salon. They bully each other all the time.

“I immediately called my kids when I read it, and they banned me. I am no longer allowed to read the internet, I am not allowed to use social media. I’m banned! Can you ban parents?

“It’s right out of left field.

“It’s not a pretty label — public enemy No. 1…or the grub — it’s not a pretty label and I’m like, ‘Woah, what’s going on here?’

“When it first came out, I had a sleepless night over it.”

Ed Kavalee, a co-host of the radio show alongside Erin Molan and Dave Hughes, then rejoiced when a Queensland supporter took care of the situation, agreeing that Maxine should wear a T-shirt with “track booster” written on it.

“I am happy to do this as a Queensland supporter. Maxine, your son is a jerk,’ Kavalee said, his tongue firm on his cheek. “Your son is a huge caterpillar.

“But he’s exactly what the Blues need, because the rest was too nice.

“Let his elbows point the way. “Follow me behind my knees and elbows, boys, straight into the faces and throats of the Queenslanders.”

Kavalee later made sure everyone knew he was clearly joking, adding: “Maxine, he’s a beauty, it’s all just Origin bullshit, they do it every year.

“Queensland just pick someone and go, ‘Okay, this is the guy we’re looking for’.”

You can listen to the audio of the fragment here.

Martin laughed off the “grub” allegations earlier this week and suggested NSW coach Brad Fittler that he would show even more mongrel in Perth on Sunday night.

“It kind of came out of the blue,” Martin told “I did not mind. I think Mom was more upset than I was. She was like, ‘You’re not a caterpillar’ and I was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know’.

“Even ‘Freddy’ (Fittler) said he loved it and just to bring it again.

“He said, ‘Why did it take 65 minutes to get it started?’ Maybe we should start from the very first minute.

“I find that both teams play with that passion and I grew up watching Paul Gallen and Nate Myles, so I tried to emulate that and I will probably bring it again.

“After all, it’s footy, there’s aggression going on and things are going to happen. If you don’t, you probably won’t give it your all.”

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