Walkout by Blues to drive Maroons
MAROONS legend Steve Renouf has slammed the Blues for last year’s Origin walkout and urged Queensland to use the disrespectful act as motivation for Wednesday’s decider.
NSW turned their backs on victorious Maroons skipper Cameron Smith during his post- match speech after last year’s dead rubber at ANZ Stadium.
Queensland wrapped up the series in two games and the Blues saved themselves from humiliation with a win in the dying stages of the final match.
Instead of listening to Smith, the Blues walked away, later claiming there was a misunderstanding.
This year’s series is tied at one- all going into Game Three at Suncorp Stadium and Queensland will be without key players Johnathan Thurston, Darius Boyd, Matt Scott and Greg Inglis.
Renouf, an 11- Origin representative, said Queensland only had to look back to that incident to find extra motivation to beat the Blues.
“I’m sure that will come up,” he said.
“They don’t forget that sort of stuff.
“I thought it was poor. The players wouldn’t have forgotten it. It was very disrespectful.
“It’s typical of NSW. I’m very honest when I say this – they are terrible winners and terrible losers. They just can’t help themselves.
“They still haven’t got it. The way they carried on ( after winning Game One) calling it the start of a dynasty after one game.
“Come on. Please. Do you not get it? They turned around in the second game and lost.”
Smith was seething after the walkout and Thurston later claimed “that typifies what their team is about”.
There is still bad blood between the sides with Blues prop Andrew Fifita claiming he was the victim of sledging after Game Two this year.