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Vautin tell Maroons to stick it up Blues

By Wayne Heming 10/07/2009 05:18:08 PM Comments (0)

Paul Vautin, the last Queensland coach to pull off a 3-0 Origin cleansweep, has urged the Maroons to "stick it up" the Blues on Wednesday night and complete the most embarrassing rout in interstate series history.

Coach of the 1995 "Nevilles" who, on paper, had no right to win one game let alone sweep the series against a star-studded NSW side boasting 11 internationals to one, Vautin said there was no better feeling than winning a series 3-0.

"There's no better feeling then sticking it up NSW," Vautin said on Friday at a Queensland Origin lunch in Brisbane.

The 22-game player jumped at the chance to coach Queensland after Wayne Bennett stepped down because of the split caused by Super League war.

He was handed a group of talented players including just one international, Dale Shearer.

Somehow his massive underdogs, led by Trevor Gillmeister who climbed out of his hospital bed just hours before the third game, pulled off Origin's greatest upset.

"People have said it was a fluke, but that's an insult to the 18 players we used, including Dale Shearer, who went out and bled and got smashed but kept turning up tackle after tackle," said a proud Vautin.

Vautin, who rated Queensland's second game win last month as more courageous than the battle of Sydney in 1989 when Allan Langer, Mal Meninga and Bob Lindner all suffered major injuries during a memorable 16-12 win, has no doubt the current side has more talent than his 1995 cleansweepers.

"All I can say is the team I had that year were 17 of the greatest Queenslanders I've ever seen," said Vautin on Friday.

"This is a great football team and I expect them to win 3-0.

"If they do, they'll be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives.

"It's great to win (a record) four series but to win 3-0, I did it as a player and a coach, is something special."

Queensland enforcer Michael Crocker vowed the Maroons would give Wednesday night's game everything for their fans despite already having won the series 2-0.

A passionate Crocker, who traded blows with NSW prop Justin Poore in Sydney, said Wednesday night's "dead" Origin could prove to be the most of intense of three played.

"There's never a dead Origin game," said the South Sydney enforcer.

"We want to win 3-0 and NSW are desperate not to lose 3-0.

"There's a lot on line whether it's pride in your performance or pride in your state."

Crocker promised Queensland's never say die attitude would be on show for their fans.

"One thing you know about Origin is both teams will give it everything," he said.

"Both teams will be give it their all until the final whistle, that's how Origins are played.

Queensland will get a massive lift tomorrow when injured prop Petero Civoniceva joins them in camp on the Gold Coast for the weekend.

Civoniceva has played the last 21 Origins straight and just his presence in camp will inspire giant young rookie Dave Shillington and Cowboys prop Matt Scott who can both put down payments on future Origin jumpers with big games in his absence.

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