Sport Were some Blues players on the drink in the lead up to Origin III?

14:37  17 july  2017
14:37  17 july  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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  'Joey, would you like to coach the Blues?' Paul Vautin asked Andrew Johns whether he would be interested in coaching NSW after the Blues lost yet another State of Origin series to Queensland.That was what Paul Vautin asked former champion halfback Andrew Johns after the Maroons won the Origin decider in Brisbane to make it their 11th series win in 12 years.

New South Wales let another series slip out of their hands and while they may have drank their sorrows away after their game, there are reports some players started their drinking session in the lead up to the decider at Suncorp Stadium.

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New South Wales let another series slip out of their hands and while they may have drank their sorrows away after their game, there are reports some players started their drinking session in the lead up to the decider at Suncorp Stadium.

The Blues were stunned, outclassed and demolished in the decider as Queensland saved their best effort until last, playing with twice as much desire and heart as their state rivals.

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The Daily Telegraph's Buzz Rothfield claims the Blues duo were spotted in a hotel 80km away from camp where they spent hours drinking and gambling on the Friday in the lead up to the game. I know Queensland players wouldn't be on the drink at that time.

Triple M's Matty Johns said the team's concentration and antics in the build up to and during the game could have had an effect on the result.

''In Game II we played dumb...and in Game III we didn't play football at all,'' Johns said.

''There's stories coming out of camp, things with players going out of camp, getting on the drink and things like that.''

  Were some Blues players on the drink in the lead up to Origin III? © Sporting News Fellow broadcaster Gus Worland was shocked at the claims.

''How can you be in the New South Wales camp and knick-off and go to a pub?'' Worland said.

''You can't go to a pub, sit there and get on the drink and get on the punt and not have people go...'oh that's that player who plays for New South Wales'.

''What were they thinking?''

Gus lashes 'dogs breakfast' Blues .
Phil Gould said the culture at the NSW Blues State of Origin camps is unacceptable, and that Nathan Cleary shouldn't be picked until it's fixedThe former Blues coach held no punches in Six Tackles with Gus discussing precisely where NSW have gone wrong over the last 12 years.

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