Walk­out by Blues to drive Ma­roons

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

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.

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