Qld has no excuses for poor play

QUEENSLAND hooker Cameron Smith says the Maroons have no excuses for not performing well in tomorrow night’s State of Origin dead-rubber in Sydney.

The Maroons have already romped to their fifth successive series victory but one feat the core of the squad hasn’t achieved is a 3-0 clean sweep.

Queensland was heavily criticised for its lax build-up for Origin III last year and Smith, speaking from Camp Maroon at Hyatt Regency Coolum yesterday, said the past week had been the best Origin preparations he’s been involved in.

“I can’t remember having a camp that’s gone so smoothly but I don’t know if that’s a bad thing,” Smith said.

“At this stage we don’t have any excuses as to why we can’t go down to Sydney and play well.”

Queensland hasn’t achieved a 3-0 series victory since the class of 1995 took New South Wales to the cleaners and a win tomorrow night would seal Mal Meninga’s era as the best tenure in the history of the concept.

“It’s (clean sweep) been spoken about this week. We haven’t made a real big deal of it. If that was our sole focus it’d probably hurt us a bit during the game,” Smith said.

“All the boys are pretty desperate to do it because we might not do it again. We’re certainly happy we’ve won the series; it’s a bonus to get a clean sweep.

“But when you say it’s a bonus it sounds like it’s luck. We don’t want to be lucky on Wednesday night. We want to know we were the better side and that we’ve given a good performance down there and we deserve the clean sweep.”

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