QUEENSLAND PRIDE: Queensland has won five Origin series straight and is gunning for a series’ whitewash over New South Wales tonight. Gympie player Darren Burns said both sides had a lot to play for in the dead rubber.
QUEENSLAND PRIDE: Queensland has won five Origin series straight and is gunning for a series’ whitewash over New South Wales tonight. Gympie player Darren Burns said both sides had a lot to play for in the dead rubber. DAVE HUNT

Burns backs a Qld whitewash

IT’S always good to be a Queenslander, particularly during State of Origin.

That was the feeling of Gympie Devils A Grade player and South Burnett development officer Darren Burns yesterday ahead of tonight’s game three blockbuster.

Burns said he was looking forward to the match and felt there was plenty for either side to play for, despite the series’ result being a foregone conclusion.

“It’s a dead rubber but there is still so much for either team to play for,” he said.

“It has been more than a decade since Queensland last had a whitewash in a series, so that is a major source of motivation.”

For New South Wales, there is the small task of saving face and giving their supporters hope next year will end the horror losing streak.

Having already made history with a record-making fifth series’ victory, Queensland would love to add insult to injury for the Blues tonight.

“Queensland was really disappointed last year with their preparation and losing the last match, so I’m sure they will want to overturn that,” Burns said.

The Gympie league player also said New South Wales would be blooding a number of young players, making the game even more important to the side.

“If the young blokes can play well and impress, they can do a lot to cement their place in the side for the next few years,” Burns said.

While Burns said he would be cheering for a Queensland whitewash, he believed the game was in dire need of a New South Wales victory.

“The series needs the Blues to win because for healthy competition,” he said.

As for the longevity of Queensland’s dominance, Burns said he expected it to continue for a few more years just yet with the calibre of players in the side.

Gympie Times


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