Queensland have done plenty of talking during the State of Origin series, but NSW are intent on having the last say.
The Maroons have had every reason to celebrate so far as they claimed their 10th series win in 11 years last month.
But it is what the Blues see as a lack of humility and arrogance in those celebrations that have provided NSW with all the motivation they need ahead of Wednesday’s game three dead rubber at ANZ Stadium.
Blues prop Andrew Fifita was incensed as a number of Maroons players, including Johnathan Thurston, Corey Parker and Josh McGuire verbally abused him following their series clinching game two triumph in Brisbane.
McGuire subsequently took to Twitter to label the Blues ‘losers’, a moved that had also got under the Blues’ skin considering it was the Brisbane prop’s first series win and his maiden run on appearance.
Ahead of his final Origin game, retiring Blues skipper Paul Gallen labelled Queenslanders as “bad winners”.
Blues coach Laurie Daley has declined to become involved in the pre-match barbs, but hinted at extra motivation provided by the Maroons as NSW attempt to avoid a 3-0 series clean sweep.
“That is all part of the fun and games of Origin,” Daley said
“When you are on top you can say what you want, when you lose you just have to cop it and accept it and move on.
“We need to go out there on Wednesday night and have a red hot crack and we might have something to say about it afterwards.”