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Gould questions Blues' passion

13/06/2007 10:53:24 PM Comments (0)

Former NSW coach Phil Gould has questioned the passion of the Blues after Queensland collected back-to-back State of Origin titles.

The Maroons won their fourth straight Origin match in the 10-6 win over the Blues in Origin II at Telstra Stadium.

Gould, the most successful NSW coach in Origin history, felt the Blues haven't matched the commitment levels of Queensland over the past two years.

"I honestly don't think that this Blues team really understood at all over the last couple of years what Origin was all about," he said on Channel Nine.

"For me that is the Origin mentality and unless you understand what Origin means to these blokes and what it means to Queenslanders.

"The football is secondary to it because that is what is going to get you up when you are hurt and make you chase when you are tired and that is what has made Queensland win this series.

"They have done all those little things that take heart and guts to do and NSW did not come up with it."

Gould said that unsuccessful NSW coach Graham Murray should be allowed to stay in charge for game three to prove himself or be sacked.

"We have the player talent to beat Queensland, we are not that far away from them," Gould said ahead of the dead rubber on July 4 in Brisbane.

"I think the coach should be given game three to redeem himself, he has lost, what, four in a row and won the other by a point.

"I don't think the tenure under Graham Murray has produced NSW's best ever football.

"Give him one more shot in game three and if they can't improve then they should be looking for another coach next season.

"There is some young talent here and I thought this side was a promising side but they have just not developed in the Origin mentality that you would like."

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