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The pain is still there says Hannant

By Wayne Heming 26/06/2008 11:07:04 PM Comments (0)

Two-game rookie Ben Hannant says Queensland will carry the pain and embarrassment of game one and not the jubilation of game two into Wednesday night's State of Origin series decider against NSW in Sydney.

Queensland have blocked out the 30-0 shutout of the Blues at Suncorp Stadium earlier this month to avoid any false feeling of confidence against a NSW outfit which will have the advantage of playing the decider at ANZ Stadium - where they've lost just once in 13 Origins.

Instead they'll draw on the pain they endured after dropping the opening game of the series 18-10 at ANZ Stadium when they were completely dominated up front by a committed NSW pack.

"I've experienced both feelings (winning and losing) - I know which one I want to feel at the end of the day," said Hannant, who drew on the disappointment of his losing debut to lift his performance in Brisbane.

NSW are in the same boat on Wednesday night after being heavily criticised for going missing in Brisbane - especially firebrand forward Willie Mason - off limits to the media after Queensland seized on his "nutbag, redneck" comments prior to the second game.

Hannant said it was tough coming back to Brisbane and facing fans after the disappointing Sydney performance.

"It definitely hurt," said the Bulldogs bound prop.

"We (players) live for Origin time as much as the fans.

"The thing that upset us most was we made so many mistakes and didn't play the way we wanted to play.

"We corrected that in game two and I'm sure we'll get it right in game three." "The hurt is still there from game one and that's what we will be thinking about, not the 30-0 scoreline.

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

"None of us will want to walk off ANZ Stadium next Wednesday night feeling that pain again because it will be even worse knowing the series is lost.

Queensland ventured into enemy territory, setting up Camp Maroon at a luxury coastal resort at Terrigal on the central coast to finalise match preparations.

The Maroons stayed at the same resort last year when the central coast was left without power for up to three days after being lashed by its worst storms in 100 years.

It didn't worry Queensland who broke their ANZ Stadium drought 10-6 and went on to win the series.

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