Queensland coach Paul Green wouldn’t be drawn on questions about his future as his tenure remains on shaky ground even after guiding the Maroons to their first win of this year’s State of Origin series.
Queensland beat NSW 20-18 on the Gold Coast on Wednesday night to restore some pride in the jersey after two heavy defeats in games one and two, but whether it’s enough to save Green’s job remains to be seen.
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The former North Queensland mentor signed a one-year deal with the Queensland Rugby League and there was speculation he was a dead man walking after his team was embarrassed in the first two games this series.
Pressed on what lies ahead in the post-game press conference, Green wasn’t willing to bite.
“Now’s not the time to be making any sort of decisions about that,” Green said.
“Tonight’s not about me. Tonight was a great win for Queensland, it was a great win for this team. We’ve been under unbelievable pressure and as Daly (Cherry-Evans) said, we left ourselves open to that by the way the first two games panned out.
“I love Queensland, I loved playing when I got the chance and I’ve enjoyed this series, as tough as it has been. Now is not the time to be making any decisions about (my future).
“Now’s not the time, I’m just going to enjoy the win.”
During the week captain Daly Cherry-Evans said a win would help ease pressure on Green and give him a shot at keeping his job.
Green finally had reason to smile.Source:Getty Images
Queensland’s culture has come under fire all series, for the lack of fighting spirit on show and also after Jai Arrow was punted from camp for breaking the biosecurity bubble by bringing a female guest back to the team hotel.
Green and Cherry-Evans both said it was tough for their culture to be questioned, but a win in game three was the best way to respond to the critics.
“We showed some character to get the result tonight,” Green said.
“Our culture was questioned and I think you don’t win Origin games if you don’t have character and you don’t stick together. You can talk about it all you like but it’s what you do out on the field that counts and I thought we showed that tonight.”
Cherry-Evans said it was “not ideal” for the Maroons’ culture to be questioned, adding: “The best thing we could have done tonight is win. Now that we’ve done that, hopefully we can show that’s off the back of a lot of hard work and some pretty good culture.”
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