We - the NSW public - fall for it again, underrating Queensland

Queensland centre Kurt Capewell is manhandled by NSW opposite Clint Gutherson in State of Origin 1 of Wednesday night, but it was the former who was one of the game's best players. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Queensland centre Kurt Capewell is manhandled by NSW opposite Clint Gutherson in State of Origin 1 of Wednesday night, but it was the former who was one of the game's best players. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Hands up all those from NSW who thought we were going to win State of Origin 1 in a canter?

How could we fall for it? Again? Legendary American car manufacturer Henry Ford once said, 'if you always do what you've always done, then you always get what you've always got'.

Henry didn't know much about about rugby league, but he knew plenty about business and the business of State of Origin is never be complacent.

The NSW-loving public fell for it in 1995 when the 'no-name' Queenslanders beat us 3-0. Or in 2001, when 'Alf' Langer came back from England to steal the series.

No Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Greg Inglis, Johnathan Thurston. No hope.

NSW had won the last two series when the bulk of those 'Fab Five' had retired, so with eight debutants, what chance did they have?

Unfortunately for us Blues, plenty.

And we can't use the excuse of players out of position. Sure, our centres Jack Wighton won the Dally M from five-eighth and Clint Gutherson was runner-up from fullback, but one of Queensland's best - centre Kurt Capewell - plays in the back-row at Penrith.

And just as the NSW public thought we were 'morals' to win, as we were for a period before the 'Fab Five' arrived and then departed, so too does the annual witch-hunt start for who should get the chop.

Look, it's not something any person from NSW would admit, but the Maroons' upset was just what the series needed.

The Melbourne Cup had been run just a day earlier and COVID-19 is still at the forefront of national and international news. Even the US presidential election had stolen our attention.

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