Phil Gould has warned NSW they are kidding themselves if they think a decider at Suncorp will be anything like Game II as they aim for a first win in a decider in Queensland in 15 years.
The Blues levelled the series with a convincing 34-10 win at ANZ Stadium, but they haven’t won a series decider in Brisbane since Andrew Johns lifted the trophy at Suncorp back in 2005.
“For a lot of these uninitiated NSW players if they think they have been to Origin well you haven’t been to Origin until you’ve gone to Suncorp Stadium and experienced it up there,” Gould said on Channel 9s TODAY Show.
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“Our record in deciders up there is very poor. I think we have only won two in history, so they have got to overcome it.
“Remember too in Adelaide both teams had to get on a plane and travel the day of the game. In Sydney only Queensland had to travel on the day of the game.
“Now the shoe is on the other foot and NSW have to travel to Brisbane on the day of the game and make sure they handle that.
“Mind you if they play anywhere near as good as they did in Game II I think they will be too strong for Queensland, but it is a completely different dynamic up there.
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“Queensland deserve to be in this decider. It is going to be decided on the one result and I think it will be a great game.”
Queensland were a shadow of the team that won the series opener 18-14 when their defence fell to pieces in Game II in enemy territory.
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However Gould believes there were a number of contributing factors to Queensland’s poor showing in Game II.
“You’ve got to remember they did lose Cameron Munster in the first couple of minutes of play, which was a huge loss,” Gould said.
Anthony Minichiello and Andrew Johns celebrate the Blues’ last win in a decider at Suncorp in 2005.Source:News Limited
“Their left-hand-side defence broke down. I don’t know if he could have changed the result in the game, but he certainly would have made it more competitive.
“The other part of this too is when you win that Game I and especially with so many rookies and you know you’ve got the Game III decider in Brisbane, it is hard to get that out of your mind.
“So NSW fans and NSW players will be lulled into a false sense of security if they think next week’s game is going to be anything like this.”
Originally published as‘False sense of security’: Gus’ warning over Blues’ ’very poor’ record in QLD deciders
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