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Qld can win Origin in Sydney: Thaiday

By Wayne Heming and Laine Clark 24/06/2008 05:30:34 PM Comments (0)

Favourites Queensland have rubbished claims they are paranoid about playing the State of Origin decider at Sydney's ANZ Stadium where they have won once in 13 games.

Forward Sam Thaiday said ANZ Stadium's greasy surface held no fears for Queensland.

"It's pretty poo," said Thaiday when asked his opinion of the controversial Sydney surface.

"It looks green on top but it's very muddy and slippery underneath.

"We've still got those freakish dudes who can do those freakish plays, the Greg Inglis's, the Brent Tates, the Karmichael Hunts, the Billy Slaters.

"They can still do those freakish things, rain, hail or shine no matter what the surface is like."

Queensland coach Mal Meninga brushed aside any talk of a hoodoo and his players struggling to produce their best on the Sydney ground.

"We are not going to worry about that, everyone talks about that but we don't talk about that internally," said Meninga.

"We didn't play well in game one but it wasn't because of ANZ Stadium, it was because our performance and attitude wasn't up to scratch.

"We have to make sure our preparation is spot on like it was for game two.

"If we can mirror what we did in game two it will hold us in good stead."

Karmichael Hunt, who has been named at fullback, said Queensland would not be haunted by past performances at ANZ Stadium.

"It's not going to have too much affect on us mentally," he said.

"We'll go down there with the attitude that's it's just another game, that's the mentality we used last year when we went down thinking it's just another piece of dirt."

The emphasis for Queensland will be on intensity and aggression - the two key ingredients missing when they lost the opening game 18-10 to NSW last month.

Thaiday said having the old firm of Steve Price and Petero Civoniceva re-united up front made a big difference in Origin II.

"It's good having ebony and ivory up front together, they're great, they get things rolling and everyone builds off what they create with their runs," said Thaiday.

"Those two give our halves more time to get the ball out early to Greggy (Greg Inglis) and they give the forwards the inspiration to tuck the ball under the wing and head into the teeth of the defence."

Bench prop Ben Hannant said Queensland would need to take the field with even more intensity than they did in game two at Suncorp Stadium when they had a 50,000 home crowd in the their corner.

"It's do-or-die now, whoever wins this one gets the prize," he said.

"It's going to be awesome."

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