Latrell Mitchell gave Will Chambers plenty to think about. (AAP Image/David Moir)
Latrell Mitchell gave Will Chambers plenty to think about. (AAP Image/David Moir)

Blues gunning for a clean sweep

A RUTHLESS NSW side has spoken privately about employing a hard-line "no mercy" approach to State of Origin III in Brisbane.

The Blues are desperately craving a three-nil whitewash against Queensland - pay back for 12 previous years of pain.

As one senior NSWRL official said: "Let's rub their noses in it."

NSW officials have not forgotten the arrogance of Queensland during their amazing winning streak since 2006, punctuated only be NSW's brief success in 2014.

And the Blues can still clearly remember Queensland players singing the Maroons team song to celebrate an Australian Test victory in Townsville during 2012.

The Blues haven't won three-nil since 2000 when current coach Brad Fittler was NSW skipper.

This team has a genuine killer instinct, according to team insiders.

Queensland halfback Ben Hunt after the loss. (Matt King/Getty Images)
Queensland halfback Ben Hunt after the loss. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Ahead two-nil after Sunday night's gripping 18-14 win in Sydney, NSW has a rare clean-sweep opportunity in Origin III at Suncorp Stadium on July 11.

Blues hooker Damien Cook said his team would remain committed to a three-nil series victory.

"We want to go up and win the third game as well," Cook said. "That would be awesome, obviously you want to win every game."

Asked would it be difficult for NSW to retain a desire having already clinched the series, Cook said: "I don't think so. We are all pretty eager.

"I'm just taking it all in at the moment, it's a great feeling. I was still getting over game one going into game two so to get a series win in front of a home crowd, it's something I will never forget."

 

Blues players celebrate their series win. (Brett Costello)
Blues players celebrate their series win. (Brett Costello)

NSW has recorded a whitewash just three times in Origin's 38-year history - in 1986, 1996 and 2000.

"That 2000 footy team was a good team - if this team can do that, they will go down (in history), very similar," said triumphant Blues coach Brad Fittler.

"If I look back on my whole career, that team was one of the most impressive teams I have played with. This is a really good opportunity for this team."

NSW adviser, Greg Alexander, has no doubts NSW would stay focused and committed.

"I wouldn't think there would be any issue with the boys staying that way (intense) for the third game," said Alexander.

"They will be ready to go again. It would be new to them, new to everyone. No-one from a Blues point of view has been involved in a clean sweep."

NSW will start $1.80 favourites with the Ladbrokes to record a clean sweep. Queensland will start game three as $2.00 outsiders.



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