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Maroons will cry into their beers

Paul Curtis is looking forward to NSW finally thrashing Queensland this week.
Paul Curtis is looking forward to NSW finally thrashing Queensland this week. John Gass

ONE-eyed NSW supporter Paul Curtis, of Tweed Heads West, believes the Blues are "certainties" to finally wrest a State of Origin series from the all-conquering Queensland Maroons.

The Maroons have won the past six series and will be striving to make it seven on the trot when they host the Blues at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday night when the bulk of supporters in the packed stadium will be willing and cheering them to victory.

But Mr Curtis, who wears his heart on his sleeve in regards to supporting the Blues, reckons Maroons fans will be "crying into their beers" at game's end.

Mr Curtis, who works in customer service at Tweed Heads Seagulls Club, rattled off a list of reasons why the Blues would break their series drought.

"They'll really miss (Billy) Slater - he's a great footballer," Mr Curtis said.

"Greg Inglis will fill in okay for him at fullback but on the other hand, that Melbourne bloke (Dane Nielsen) who goes into the centres is no Greg Inglis.

"Look, Matt Scott's not playing good football, Petero Civoniceva's best days are well behind him and how in heavens they left out big Dave Taylor is mind-blowing.

"The bloke has been outstanding all season but puts in one ordinary effort in Origin II and they drop him.

"They'll rue that decision."

Mr Curtis also queried the attacking form of five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

"He still possesses great vision and can put a bloke through a gap but when he runs at the (defensive) line, he just isn't dangerous any more.

Mr Curtis says the Blues would win "by a couple of converted tries".

"Our forwards will dominate - they're big and strong and the bench is terrific with blokes like Tony Williams, (Anthony) Watmough and (Ben) Creagh coming on fresh with all their ball-running skills."

Topics:  nsw blues, queensland maroons, rugby league, state of origin



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