As if the 2021 State of Origin series couldn’t get any worse for the Maroons, the Gold Coast crowd has found a way.
The Maroons have played all three matches on home soil after game one in Townsville and game two in Brisbane but have been absolutely belted to the tune of a combined score of 76-6.
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In game two, Queensland were kept scoreless at Suncorp Stadium for the first time in Origin history.
The final game of the series was meant to be in Sydney and then Newcastle, which was made impossible by the NSW Covid outbreak, handing the final match to the Gold Coast.
But it appears no one told the Blues supporters.
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Not the usual scenes in a Queensland Origin.Source:News Corp Australia
Looking for something to help turn their fortunes around, the Maroons walked out onto Cbus Super Stadium for the first time on Wednesday night – and were met with boos by their own home crowd as they started their pre-match warm-up drills.
While it appeared to be a fair spread of fans between the states, it’s hard to believe how far the locals have fallen to deserve the ice cool reception.
It was humiliating for the players, who were already carrying the series loss on their shoulders.
News Corp’s Travis Meyn posted on Twitter: “Sounded like Queensland just got booed running on to Cbus for their warm-up. Ouch”.
AAP journalist Scott Bailey said it was rock bottom for the Maroons.
“Compare this crowd to the one-sided support Queensland had for Game I in Townsville, also organised on short notice.
“This is an absolute low for the Maroons.”
TV reporter Michael Atkinson wrote: “Origin III might be in QLD, but it’s no home ground advantage. Queensland just ran out for their warm up to a chorus of boos.
“Definitely a pro-NSW crowd. @NSW Blues just ran out to a massive cheer.”
The Twitter account of former Blues great Willie Mason’s podcast added: “WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS CROWD? I thought NSW was in lockdown??”
… right Queensland?Source:Getty Images
While the early shots showed that the crowd appeared far from a sell out, there were plenty of fans still trying to get in.
It’s been a whirlwind move for the Gold Coast fans with tickets only going on sale on Tuesday and Fox League reporting that only 1000 tickets were left just over an hour before kick-off.
Still plenty to get in #Originpic.twitter.com/TQiTtjH8NQ
The lines outside Cbus for #Origin right now. Feels like someone had dropped the ball #qldpol#auspolpic.twitter.com/tF1NhdpsUI
NRL cash grab has missed its mark. Plenty of spare seats in a stadium with less than 30k for Origin. Real fans priced out. Despite all the circumstances, this is a humbling night for rugby league. The golden goose has its limits. #origin
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