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Qld urged to seek revenge in Sydney

By Wayne Heming 21/05/2010 04:28:41 PM Comments (0)

Passionate Queenslander Sam Thaiday has issued a call to arms to his forwards to erase bitter memories of last year's third game Origin loss in front of 50,000 disappointed maroon fans by breaking the hearts of thousands of Blues supporters in Sydney.

A candid Thaiday said on Friday NSW had "whacked" an ill-prepared Queensland out of the final game last year and would try to repeat the effort again with the help of a big Sydney crowd on Wednesday night.

The spiteful clash, which has led to some fighting words in the build-up to Origin 1, ended in nasty scenes after Queensland prop Steve Price was knocked out cold and Blues forward Trent Waterhouse gaining notoriety as the first NSW player to be sent off in an Origin.

Inflammatory words from new Blue's enforcer Anthony Watmough this week warning to expect "cheap shots" because "the good thing about Origin is you get away with more" have been duly noted by Queensland's forwards.

Thaiday, who's in career best form and arguably the game's best forward at the moment, believes the Blues have deliberately picked a pack stacked with aggressive big men who'll be hell bent on smashing through Queensland up the middle.

"If you look at the side they've picked, they've picked a lot of big aggressive forwards, so I think that's the way they're going to go," he said on Friday with preparations set to move into another gear over the weekend.

"They're going to try and bash us up the middle.

"We have to stand up and try and face that battle head on."

Queensland were widely criticised for how they prepared last year after having the series locked up 2-0 with allegations some players indulged in party drugs the weekend before the final game.

Thaiday, whose weight loss this season has helped his wide-running game, didn't hide from criticism that the players had slackened off with a mindset the series had been won.

"We were more disappointed about losing last year, that's been our big focus," said the 24-year-old who'll play his 10th Origin.

"We really didn't turn up last year in that third game and we got punished for it.

"That's been our big focus in this camp.

"We want to get that win back because we're only as good as our last game and our last game was pretty terrible."

Despite his outstanding form for Brisbane and in this month's Test for Australia, Thaiday believes he can continue to improve and has not hit his peak.

"I feel good. I'm just happy, enjoying my footy, having fun with it and not over-thinking things which helps me out a lot," he said.

"The more I think, the harder it is for me, I stress out too much about it all.

"I hope I haven't hit my best form, I hope I can still improve over the next few years."

Queensland could make a decision on hooker Cameron Smith (elbow) on Saturday but he may be given an extra 24 hours if there are encouraging signs he could play.

"We're still preparing like he's playing and he'll probably make his decision over the weekend," said Thaiday.

"We want him to play just as much as he wants to play."

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