Jai Arrow rated Daniel Suluka-Fifita's punch "one out of 10" but was still seeing stars after a surprise meeting with Chris Hemsworth on Friday night.
Arrow was in absolutely everything during South Sydney's spiteful 26-16 win over the Roosters at Stadium Australia, his first taste of the age-old rivalry.
His own ugly run-in with Roosters star James Tedesco in Origin last year made him a target as soon as he came off the bench on Friday, hearing "my last name a thousand times" and clashing repeatedly with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
Before halftime it was Roosters rookie Suluka-Fifita taking things too far, punching Arrow in the back of the head during a tackle.
The 21-year-old was duly sin-binned and waved on his way by Arrow, who had prepared himself for heavy fire given the build-up and focus on his treatment of Tedesco.
"Honestly it was one out of ten," Arrow said of Suluka-Fifita's punch.
"I'll put my hand up, 100 per cent I milked it. But I did feel a fist come down on the back of my head and I thought to myself, 'well if he's going to do that I might as well make him pay for it' and I did.
"He got 10 in the bin. He was pretty filthy so I gave him a little smile and a little wave. But it's only footy and I respect that they came out and were aggressive and I expected no less. It was enjoyable.
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"No-one said anything to me after the game. They're all good about it. Everyone moved on and it's all pretty good."
Suluka-Fifita and Arrow shook hands after the final whistle.
Once Arrow got into the South Sydney sheds he formally introduced himself to Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe, who had hosted Hollywood celebrities Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, among others, in his private box for the match.
"Chris Hemsworth was in there as well, he's actually my man crush," Arrow said.
"That was a bonus. I walked in and I was like a 10-year-old kid walking past your idol.
"It was so enjoyable to see him and Rusty in the sheds. Chris lifted his shirt up and I had to look away. I was falling in love with him, I was going to leave my missus for him."
Suluka-Fifita sent to sin bin for punch
On the paddock, Arrow took everything the Roosters had and returned serve with gusto.
His final tally of 17 runs for 134 metres, two offloads and 25 tackles from 43 minutes continue an impressive start to his cardinal and myrtle career.
The Queensland star has apologised more than once for his manhandling of a concussed Tedesco during Origin III last year, and hopes the showdown with his Roosters teammates now closes the book on that incident.
"I've done everything I can to apologise and I'm very remorseful for what I did," he said.
"That's not me as a person, I would never do that [knowingly].
"You can ask people who know me. There's not much upstairs. Obviously, I didn't know. But I feel like it's all blown over.
"I always knew that there was always going to be a bit of fire. Not only because of the situation but because of the rivalry between both clubs.
"Obviously with what went on last year, they're his teammates and you've always got to look after your teammates and I respect that.
"That's footy. At the end of the game, I'm happy to shake their hand and wish them all the best for the season, which I did."
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