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Please, all NSW supporters, all rugby league fans, get to Homebush on Wednesday night and support our NSW State of Origin team.

Yes, I know the series is over. However, State of Origin still remains one of the major events on the Australian sporting calendar and deserves to be supported with a full house.

One would like to think that Blues fans will be there to support their team. We would also hope Queensland fans will be there to say goodbye to a couple of their outstanding long-term campaigners.

If the reports suggesting there will be a lot of vacant seats come Wednesday night are correct, I’m wondering as to the main reasons why this may be the case.

Is it because Queensland has already won the 2016 State of Origin shield? Is it because, for 11 seasons now, State of Origin has become something of a one-sided contest?

Are fans turning their backs on the NSW team out of frustration and disappointment?

If we promised you that NSW were going to win this match, would it be enough to get you to the game?

I’d be interested in your thoughts.

I totally understand people seeing this game as a dead rubber. I can assure you, though, that anyone who has ever been involved in Origin in any capacity, will argue differently. Every game counts. Every game means something to the team and to the individual. These players will not play with any less passion, any less commitment, or any less courage. They deserve to be cheered, supported and thanked for their efforts when the full-time siren sounds.

Since Origin began back in 1980 there have been 16 so-called dead rubbers. How many have been won by the team leading the series 2-0? Seven. Queensland have won four, NSW three.

How many have been won by the team trailing the series 0-2? Nine. Queensland have won six, NSW three.

Twelve of these dead rubbers have been played in Queensland.

Queensland have won seven of these games. Two of them when leading the series 2-0. Five times they have won game three when trailing in the series 0-2. That’s an interesting statistic right there. Despite the fact the Maroons had already lost a series, they were determined not to be whitewashed 3-0 in front of their own fans. On five occasions they have finished the series with a win.

They call that pride. Don’t tell me every State of Origin game doesn’t matter to them.

Four of these dead rubbers have been played in Sydney.

NSW only managed to win one and lost three. Interestingly, when trailing in the series 0-2 coming into the final game in Sydney, the Blues are 0-2 when it comes to wins under these circumstances.

That’s right. Twice in Origin history, 1988 and 2010, Queensland have come to Sydney for game three already having wrapped up the series. Queensland have won both games.

When you compare that to Queensland’s game three record under the same circumstances, it goes to show that the NSW team and Blues fans still have a lot to learn about this Origin rivalry.

It’s a mindset. It comes down to why this contest first began. It’s just another small example of why Queensland owns State of Origin. Every now and then NSW is able to wrestle the shield away from them for a short period of time. It’s only ever a loan, though. The response from Queensland has always been to come back bigger and stronger.

I have often said that if Queensland won 30 series in a row, Origin would still mean everything to their players and their fans. Every time NSW wins two series in a row, people start complaining that State of Origin might be dead.

While Queenslanders can draw breath, State of Origin will never be dead. At this time, however, it is up to NSW to breathe new life into this interstate rivalry. The past 11 seasons have been demoralising for Blues fans. Well, certainly the last eight or nine series anyway. Queensland bouncing back with series victories in 2006 and 2007, after having not won a series since 2001, was seen as healthy for the game.

No one could have anticipated their decade of dominance. They have been brilliant. By the same token, there is no doubt NSW have contributed to this terrible losing streak.

What has been most frustrating for Blues fans, has been the constant denials and media campaigns to justify these awful results.

Take nothing away from Queensland. First and foremost they have become a champion team. Many will point to the fact that this team contains several champion players, who now rank alongside the greatest to have ever played our game. However, it’s from the Queensland philosophy of “team first” that these individuals have emerged and grown in stature.

Still, this State of Origin battle continues. NSW needs to bounce back. It needs to start on Wednesday night on our home ground here in Sydney.

What I do know is that we are finally starting to see some talented youngsters filter through into the Blues line-up. You may choose to agree or disagree with their selection, or the final make-up of this team. Possibly I disagree with a number of the selections, but we will discuss this more in a time. What’s important this week though, is that we have new players in this side who will not be dealing with the demons and scars of so many losses over the past decade. If they can find their way into the game and be allowed to impart their talents and skills to the best of their ability, hopefully they’ll have some influence over the final result.

James Tedesco is an exciting young talent. His style is more in line with successful NSW fullbacks of the past, such as Garry Jack, Tim Brasher and Anthony Minichiello. He is not really a playmaker. He is a brilliant ball runner. He is aggressive, fast and his first thought is to see himself bursting through the line. If he can support the right people in the right areas of the field, he will cause Queensland a lot of problems.

Experienced hand: James Maloney. Photo: Getty Images

James Maloney is not a recognised No.7. However, he has experience, he knows the game and he is more than capable of steering this side to victory. He needs to take ownership of the team. In his favour will be the fact he has played a lot of football with many of the other NSW players. Hopefully they fall in behind him and follow his lead.

Jack Bird has that bit of X-factor about him. He was like a breath of fresh air when he came onto the field in game two in Brisbane. It’s an enormous challenge at this stage of his career to now wear the No.6 jersey for the Blues. There is just something about him, though, that suggests he will not be overawed by the task. Let me say this much: he has certainly got Queensland’s attention. They know he is capable of something special.

As for the other Blues players? Well, they just need to do their jobs. If they can find a way to keep bringing our seven, six and one into the game, I’m confident NSW will win.

As I have said from before the series started, this Queensland team is ready to be beaten. There is nothing I have seen in the two matches to date that has made me change my mind. In fact, I am more convinced than ever. What I do know, however, is Queensland won’t beat themselves. Queensland are not going to hand it to them. NSW will have to come up with a way to beat them.

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