Moses joined Jack Wighton arsenic the marque caller halves pairing for New South Wales successful the bid finale aft injuries to Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai and acquitted himself good with two effort assists successful the 20-18 loss.
Sterling, who vouched for Moses to get the motion up of Origin III, was near bewildered by the disapproval helium received from immoderate quarters aft the Blues failed to unafraid a uncommon bid sweep.
"I'm sick and bushed of Mitchell Moses' sanction being mentioned," Sterling told Triple M.
"He had a good game. His defence was superb, his kicking was excellent. If determination was a disapproval I had helium possibly didn't propulsion up enoug
h connected the backmost of the forwards, erstwhile they went guardant and determination might've been immoderate second-phase play.
"Again, the radical who are criticising were the ones who said his occupation was to get the shot to Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic.
"And past the statistic comes retired that helium had nary runs for nary metres … immoderate of the champion games I ever played I had nary runs for nary metres, you tin marque them look the mode that you want."
Some of Moses' critics suggested that the likes of Adam Reynolds oregon Cody Walker would've resulted successful a Blues triumph successful Game Three, a mentation that was smacked down successful emphatic manner by Sterling.
"I'm implicit the criticism," helium said. "I emotion Adam Reynolds and I emotion Cody Walker and I respect them enormously arsenic players – I don't adjacent cognize wherefore they're successful the speech now."
"They might've adjacent gotten beaten by 20 if they were there, with each owed respect … who knows?"
Sterling was besides amazed by suggestions that the Blues would unafraid an Origin sweep, fixed specified a effect has happened conscionable erstwhile since NSW swept the 2000 series.
"It's pugnacious to triumph 3 games. You spell backmost to 8 bid successful a enactment won by Queensland, they won 1 (series) 3-0," helium said.
"If that doesn't archer you something, past you don't recognize what we're talking about.
"They got beaten connected Wednesday nighttime by a precise bully Queensland broadside that came up and defended similar they hadn't successful the erstwhile 2 games. They were assertive from the connection go.
"Are we having the conversations that we're having connected the backmost of a two-point loss, disconnected the backmost of a winning series? Please."