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Maroons ignore game three battering

By Steve Jancetic 26/05/2010 01:21:05 PM Comments (0)

NSW may be using it as their blueprint for success, but Queensland coach Mal Meninga says the Maroons haven't discussed how the Blues bashed them out of last year's Origin series finale.

NSW have vowed to turn up to ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night ready to manhandle the Maroons, in much the same way they did in securing a face-saving 28-16 win in the dead-rubber at Suncorp Stadium in 2009.

While Meninga concedes his side will have to handle NSW's aggression better, he denied the Maroons had been forced to review the dead-rubber battering.

"We haven't even talked about what happened in game three really - it's just about going forward, new beginnings and heading into this series in a confident mode," Meninga said.

"... they think they've found the formula to victory and we have to just make sure we focus on what we do best and that's get out there and play for each other."

While many fans expect the bad blood between the two sides to translate into violence, Meninga downplayed the prospect of punches being thrown.

"I don't suspect there's going to be a stink - it's going to be a physical encounter and that's what Origin's all about," Meninga said.

"You've got to have an aggressive mindset. We didn't handle that very well in game three last year."

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