An arrogant Queensland tweet has provided NSW with all the motivation they need ahead of the State of Origin III dead rubber.
Just minutes after the Maroons claimed another series victory last month in Brisbane, rookie prop Josh McGuire took to Twitter to gloat about the win.
“Losers have meetings winners have parties lol #qld #180” McGuire wrote.
McGuire took the post down after being widely panned for his lack of humility. It was the Brisbane forward’s first Origin series victory and his first match in the Maroons’ starting line-up.
However, the missive was not missed by the Blues.
NSW forwards David Klemmer and Josh Jackson used the errant message as motivation in the lead-up to Canterbury’s 40-14 thumping of McGuire’s Brisbane at ANZ Stadium, three days after Origin II.
Jackson made 14 runs for 153m that night as Klemmer ran 123m from 13 runs in the Bulldogs’ crushing victory.
“If he wants to do something like that, good for him,” Jackson told AAP when asked about McGuire’s tweet.
McGuire had previously been offside with his Broncos teammates earlier this year after he was revealed as the source of a number of media leaks from the NRL club.
The Queenslanders have continued to celebrate their Origin series win in the lead-up to Wednesday’s final interstate clash of the year. The Maroons enjoyed bonding nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, on entering camp, before waiting until Thursday to have their first full training session.
Blues playmaker James Maloney said NSW were preparing for game three as if the series was at stake.
“We couldn’t care less what Queensland are doing,” he said.
“We know what is at stake for us, we will be as well prepared for Wednesday night as we can be and I think, regardless of what they do, they will be ready.”
The Blues had a day off at their Coffs Harbour training base on Friday after having a full contact session on Thursday.
Jack Bird is expected to join Maloney in the Blues’ halves in the absence of Adam Reynolds who pulled out on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.
Bird spent the majority of time at first receiver on Thursday at training.
Matt Moylan has come into the side and will play the utility bench role.
The Blues have their final hitout on Saturday at Coffs Harbour, before returning on Sunday morning to Sydney.
NSW will have an opposed session on Sunday night at ANZ Stadium.