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Meninga moves to smooth Origin waters
Wayne Heming
20:08 AEST Tue Jun 12 2012

Coach Mal Meninga and his "smug" Queensland team arrived in Sydney intent on inflicting more pain on Ricky Stuart and his Blues in State of Origin game 2 on Wednesday night.

But Meninga sought to calm Origin's war of words on arrival at Sydney Airport, suggesting reporting of comments he made during a fan day visit to Roma last week may have sparked Stuart to slam his champion Queensland team as smug and ungracious winners.

"I know what Ricky said but that's probably come out of a statement I made in Roma which I reckon was taken out of context," said Meninga.

"Ricky knows me, we've known each other for many, many years.

"He knows I'd never disrespect him or his NSW team.

"We (Queensland) never go out to disrespect our opposition at all, that's not us.

"Humility is a big part of our process and that's whey we've been successful."

Meninga's comment in Roma was about the NSW camp's complaints over controversial refereeing decisions and has been taken by some as saying NSW don't have the mentality to win Origin.

What he said was: "If we get beaten we just put our hand up and say 'we should play better'. They (NSW) don't seem to have that sort of mentality."

In Sydney, Meninga said his Maroons team, bidding to clinch a seventh straight Origin series on Wednesday night, should get a lot of credit for what they've done.

"Let's laud this footy. They've been a great footy side, a very successful footy side," said Meninga.

"They've been really dominant the last six years and we're up there again, one in front.

"We've come ready to play. It's not about words, it's not about what we've done in the past. It's all about what we're going to do tomorrow night."

Meninga said NSW showed last year they were a quality side that could push Queensland.

"We were out-done in game two (here) last year. They played really, really well and completed about 90 per cent (of sets) and we couldn't do that," he said.

"They deserved their victory in game two and if that's any indication of what's going to happen tomorrow night then we're in for a hell of a game."


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